PRINT March 1992


FOR JANA STERBAK, women’s clothing provides a provocative esthetic vocabulary through which to explore the construction of female subjectivity. Using the dress as a metaphor for the culturally inscribed body, the artist has created an eerie fashion show, her own special collection designed to expose and undermine the spectacle of appearance. By evoking the fashion world, Sterbak’s “garments” demonstrate that, at any historical moment, a “look” represents the confluence of psychological, social, sexual, and economic discourses that circulate around and delineate the body. Sterbak’s “clothes” serve as a map of the complex web of emotional and philosophical states of being that converge to form the very subject of her esthetic investigations.

The scope of Sterbak’s art is multivalent—encompassing a series of intertwined themes related to the body (its physicality and its psyche), expressed

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