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Us and Them, Warping the Peripheral

Published onJan 22, 2021
Us and Them, Warping the Peripheral

Image © Rose Frantzen. Reproductions of this image are not permitted unless express consent is provided by the artist.

Us and Them, Warping the Peripheral, 2017

Rose Frantzen (American, b. 1965)

Oil on linen

On loan from the artist.

The grid of colored squares overlaps the subject and seems to warp the image in various directions, especially when seen from a distance.

Why would Frantzen have chosen these two subjects to pair with illusions? Frantzen began this series of paintings in 2017, following the election of Donald Trump. Does the timeline of when these paintings were completed affect the image’s interpretation? The interpretation of the circumstances of these individuals have taken on layers of meaning since they were painted in 2017, as national policies and movements created to keep others from entering the country have been strengthened over the past four years.


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