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Alice Attie, Mother Tongue

548 West 28th Street, 2nd floor, 212-244-9081
March 8 - April 28, 2007
Reception: Thursday, March 8, 6 - 8 PM
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Inspired by the transformative nature of the writing process, Attie creates drawings composed of words found in literature that she has been inspired and challenged by. Her application of ink is shaped into letters, grouped into words, building the physical structure of the drawing directly related to the life of the text. Her drawing of Whitman’s Leaves of Grass resembles layers of flowing blades layered in tiers, bending in the wind. Ginsberg’s Howl revolves in a global fashion with mixings of empty space and density that recalls the cadence of a reading.

The details in Attie’s drawings need a closer look, as they appear to be constructed of thousands of tiny particles. Upon even further examination, it becomes clear that these drawings are composed of many letters, which challenges the viewer to construct the significance of each bit’s contribution to the whole.
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