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In our Spring '10 edition, On The Issues Magazine contributors look at ways to enhance and augment our understanding of feminist and progressive values.

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In this edition of On the Issues Magazine, The Art Perspective by Linda Stein presents a mini-retrospective of the art of Michelle Stuart. Click on play to hear the audio text and see a slide presentation. A further discussion of Stuart’s work is below. I welcome feedback from online viewers with emails to LindaStein@ontheissuesmagazine.com



Michelle Stuart seeks to educate with her art. She is in search of a visual language to express nature’s more elusive aspects, along with the fragility of existence. “I hope to illuminate the experience of being human,” Stuart says, “and thus show we are part of nature. I hope to broaden people’s peripheries about the environment and open imaginations to its mysteries.”

Over her 50-year career, Stuart has drawn upon aspects from the natural world -- cycles, forms, colors -- while studying myriad cultures and histories. She works mainly in series that are about earth, celestial forms, seed and plant systems, and specific sites, educating her viewers about how our forebears saw themselves on earth. “Recently, in my paintings, I have focused on the metamorphosis of Lepidoptera and the iridescence in the silvery scales of their wings. I have used a variety of materials over the years, favoring beeswax, but including marble, bronze, and light. The main body of my work has been sculpture and painting with pigmented encaustic wax. When my painting is about the experience of a place I add natural materials from that site, as well as my own photographs as reference or as part of the work itself.”

An early turning point for Stuart was receiving a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1975, which, along with grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (1975, 1977, 1980, 1989), enabled her to focus and dedicate herself to her work.

Another turning point came in 1984 when Stuart was chosen by the Museum of Modern Art in New York for “Primitivism in 20th Century Art.” MoMA later acquired her piece from the exhibit.

Exhibiting widely in addition to MOMA, Michelle Stuart’s work is in the National Collection of Art (Canberra, Australia), Moderna Museet (Stockholm), the Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles), the Whitney Museum of American Art(New York), the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), and the Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago). Her prints are currently at Diane Villani Editions. Her work was last shown at Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects and can be seen on Michelle Stuart's web site.


Linda Stein is the Art Editor of On The Issues Magazine.

Also visit our catalog of Art Perspectives featuring:

Ursula O’Farrell is a California-based artist whose oil paintings explore themes of womanhood. Her work offers expressions of the feminine in large-scale paintings known for their bold colors, gestural strokes, thick textures and highly-charged emotional content.

The Guerrilla Girls is a group of artists – not always the same -- who work together. They are feminist masked avengers in the tradition of anonymous do-gooders like Robin Hood, Wonder Woman and Batman, but their "cover" is the mask of a gorilla -- itself a play on the word "guerrilla" as a radical, underground fighter and street theater performance style. Each participant takes the name of a dead artist.

For years, Frances Jetter has made linocuts with political subject matter, focusing on disarmament, labor rights and human rights, about which she is passionate. Weapons seem especially horrific and intriguing to her. The artist believes that no armor can make people safe, and the fragility and mortality of human beings is at the center or her work.

Mary Miss, who has founded the City as Living Lab, which provides a framework for making issues of social and environmental sustainability tangible through collaboration and the arts.

Judy Chicago (born 1939) is a feminist artist, educator and author whose career spans almost half a century. She is known as one of the founders of the Feminist Art Movement, creating in the early 1970s the pioneering Feminist Art Program at Fresno State College (now California State University), which became a vehicle for intellectual stimulation and social change, influencing generations of women.

The art of Regina Frank incorporates textiles, computers, the Internet, solar and LED technology to investigate fields of tension, such as those between the rich and poor, virtual and real, analog and digital, masculine and feminine.

Michelle Stuart seeks to educate with her art. She is in search of a visual language to express nature’s more elusive aspects, along with the fragility of existence. Over her 50-year career, Stuart has drawn upon aspects from the natural world -- cycles, forms, colors -- while studying myriad cultures and histories. View our mini-retrospective in the Spring 2010 edition of On The Issues Magazine.

In keeping with the topic of Passion, Freedom & Women, Miriam Schapiro is a groundbreaking artist who, in her 60-year career, stepped out of the mold to fight for women’s artistic freedom and the democratization of art in the Winter 2010 edition of On The Issues Magazine.

Faith Ringgold’s illustrated story, How the People Became Color Blind, with Ringgold herself reading the text that accompanies the drawings in the Fall 2009 edition of On The Issues Magazine.

Tammy Rae Carland: An artist tests identity by performing her father and mother in the Summer 2009 edition of On The Issues Magazine.

Judith K. Brodsky addresses discrimination against women in male arenas in the Spring 2009 edition of On The Issues Magazine.

New York artist Joyce Kozloff, an originating figure of the Pattern and Decorative movement, in the Winter 2009 edition of On The Issues Magazine.

Martha Rosler, known for placing unsettling images in familiar places, in the Fall 2008 edition of On The Issues Magazine.

Suzanne Lacy's 1974 Project on Prostitution in the Summer 2008 edition of On The Issues Magazine.

Linda Stein’s sculpture envisions empowerment for women with HIV-AIDS in the May 2008 edition of On The Issues Magazine.

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