MICHELLE STUART



Born 1933 in Los Angeles, California
The New York-based artist came to Omaha in 1981 as part of the I-80 series and her installation "Correspondences" explored the interactions of an ancient Mayan culture and its Spanish colonizers through arrangements of photographs, palms, and dried plants as well as passages from a conquistador's diary and a Mayan shamanistic medical book read by Stuart on an accompanying stereo sound track. Of her project, Stuart explained, "History was lived to be depicted and experienced at a distance in time and space. The artifacts of history can take many forms, physical objects, two-dimensional images, written and printed records and oral tradition. The process of selection and organization sets the records and evidence into a new context. By drawing on a variety of primary sources, the participant can perceive patterns or correspondences within time and locate relationships among forms of history experienced." The UNO print is only indirectly related to the installation. The grid, occurring often in modernist compositions, also refers to the time passages marked by calendars and the artist's work as a topographical drafter for the Los Angeles Army Corps of Engineers in 1952. Gary Day printed the lithograph, which also has a dye transfer photograph and collage elements, with the assistance of April Katz and Thomas Majeski during two phases --June 12-16, 1981 and January 11-15, 1982. The Joslyn Art Museum owns one impression from the edition, which has a July 8, 1983 cancellation date.




Correspondences: Time, Connecticut Fuchsia
1983; color lithograph, dye transfer photograph and collage on Rives BFK; sheet: 24 x 29 1/8 (60.96 x 73.66); edition of 36