It all began with a small, clipped image from a 1940' s Good Housekeeping magazine. There she was: a two inch tall housewife, prim in both her apron and hair style. Her arms were extended: one for balance and one with a cloth for cleaning. I took this "cleaning woman" image to Kinko ' s , the 24 -hour copy center where I spend too much time. There, I made successive photocopies and enlargements until I had a stack of grainy, obviously mechanically reproduced "drawings". Back in the studio, with a 4B charcoal pencil and paper, I vigorously drew backgrounds for the "cleaning woman" in which to do her cleanliness thing. Examples of some of the drawings are: an oil spill, rain forest foliage backed by a cityscape, and a sea turtle swimming in space near the planet Earth. In each of these drawings, I collaged a very grainy photocopy of "cleaning woman".
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Collage--Themes, motives; Collage--Technique; Feminism in art; Human ecology in art
Department, Program, or Center
School of Art (CIAS)
Arp, Mary, "Global housekeepers" (1993). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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