For the 169 Women Series, I asked over 200 women to give me imprints of
their faces using an oil-based makeup remover to transfer the grime and
makeup from their faces to cloth. Three imprints each from the 169 women
who participated are incorporated into three separate hangings, showing
a gradual deterioration in clarity of imprint. Each hanging follows a
different organizing principle, documented on its back. Date stamps on
the back of 169 Women Received trace
how the piece grew as I sought and received imprints from various women.
169 Women Remembered is organized based
on my subjective analysis of each woman's relationship to other women
in the group. I myself made eight sets of imprints, and they form the
center of eight social spheres, such as my family, my husband's family,
childhood friends, fellow artists, colleagues at my day job, etc. 169
Women Catalogued stratifies women according to their age when
they returned their imprints to me. The order is reflected in a numbering
system that imitates the Dewey decimal system.
I am grateful to every
woman who contributed to 169 Women. I particularly owe thanks to Jane
Niehaus and Pam Probert who persuaded more than ten women each
to complete the imprints and to Melinda Stradling, whose enthusiasm and
encouragement enlarged to project to become a video piece, a performance,
and to include men. All three are dear
and invaluable friends and incomparable women.