Joyce Kozloff

  • AN ORNAMENTED JOKE

    THE WATERCOLORS BEGAN AS a conversation with Irene Winter, an art-historian friend, about the way different cultures have evolved their systems of perspective. She described a visual joke she uses as a pedagogical device to explain two of these systems to her students. It turns on familiar iconography—women, house, garden, pool. The perpetual punchline comes with the recognition that some things both stay the same and change. Since I never actually saw the joke, I imagined what it looked like and painted the two worlds it described—ancient Egypt and the Renaissance. This made me want to paint