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Subway with Lighted Interior

1973-74

Subway Station, Subway with Lighted Interior

Subway with Lighted Interior, 1973-1974

Acrylic and Enamel on Wood and Masonite with Incandescent Light, 74 x 43 x 32 inches

Subway Station, Subway with Lighted Interior

Subway with Lighted Interior, 1973-1974

Acrylic and Enamel on Wood and Masonite with Incandescent Light, 74 x 43 x 32 inches

Subway Station, Subway with Lighted Interior

Subway with Lighted Interior, 1973-1974

Acrylic and Enamel on Wood and Masonite with Incandescent Light, 74 x 43 x 32 inches

Subway with Lighted Interior

Subway with Lighted Interior, 1973-1974

Acrylic and Enamel on Wood and Masonite with Incandescent Light, 74 x 43 x 32 inches

Image courtesy of Thomas Solomon Gallery

Description

This was my first piece that was truly in the round. With my earlier piece, Station Hotel, I had discovered the subways as a source of inspiration. I loved the way that descending into the station opened one up to an underground world of travel, infinite possibilities, and unknown, distant destinations. I wanted my works to express my sense of enormous possibility that empowerment of women would afford for all. I was moving away from the false front hotels and wanted to make work with more actual interior space, reflective not only of my own growing sense of empowerment but also that of women in the world. Still, it was a process and we had a long way to go; I felt protective of this small interior space. I made the opening narrow so that one was afforded only a glimpse of the warmly lit interior. I placed the bulb that emitted the light out of view and placed an unlit light bulb in a fixture straight ahead in the opening. I saw it as potential that I had not yet learned to use or energy in reserve.

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