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Artist Christensen, Anne Grethe
Title Untitled
Date 1973
Medium block-print on silk
Culture American
School Tucson Artist
Catalog Number 1973.9
Collection Contemporary Art Collection
Object Name Hanging
Credit line Purchase Award, Arizona Crafts '73
Didactic Information Untitled, 1973, was created during the beginning of the fiber arts movement, a creative collective of artists who were experimenting with both traditional techniques such as felting, knotting, and block printing, and unconventional techniques, such as photographic transfers. Additionally, fiber artists worked with a wide range of materials including paper, wood, film, mesh, and wire. Untitled is created in a block print technique, often used to produce multiple prints of the same image with slight variations in color and background. With its bold black lines and repetition of geometric patterns, Arizona artist Anne Grethe Christensen's print design recalls the stained glass windows designs of Frank Lloyd Wright. The basic color palette is reminiscence of Northwest Coast native cultures, who mainly worked with black, white, red, and blue abstract designs loaded with symbolism. Thus, Christensen blends elements of indigenous and modernist designs in repetitive patterns that elicit the notion of a lexicon or language.
(December 2015)