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Collage and white gouache; envelope: pen and black ink and collage
Sheet: 13.4 x 12.1 cm (5 1/4 x 4 3/4 in.)
Gift of Katharine Kuh 1981.165
© Lenore G. Tawney Foundation
Lenore Tawney was a pioneering fiber artist known for large-scale public installations, but her postcard collages were personal missives to close friends on an intimate scale.
This is one of 44 postcard collages in the CMA’s collection that the textile artist Lenore Tawney sent through the mail to her friend, the art dealer, curator, and critic Katherine Kuh between 1969 and 1981. Using natural objects and ephemera that she compiled over a lifetime, Tawney’s collages display the artist’s personal visual vocabulary and poetic response to materials. Recurring images—such as eggs, feathers, birds, baby animals, crosses, and circles—engage with universal themes such as vulnerability, resilience, infinity, and spirituality. Here, below the flower petal on the envelope Tawney wrote "the iris / its blue blood drained away."
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