Empty Frames

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    Photo: Stephen Pitkin/Pitkin Studio
1989
Plastic tubing, Bondo, enamel, on wood
48 x 96 x 3 inches
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In one of Dial’s earliest masterpieces the artist reflects on the absence of women within the chronicles of history.

In one of Dial’s earliest masterpieces the artist reflects on the absence of women within the chronicles of history. Here, a series of oval shapes function both as empty picture frame and as women’s faces that have been erased of all features except for the curving strands of wire hair that outline their eerie invisibility. In this sensual abstraction, Dial raises the vacant specters of women unknown and unremembered within the dominant narratives of culture.