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  • Joan Brown

    Mills College Art Gallery

    This extensive survey of work produced between 1977 and 1982 demonstrates that Joan Brown’s familiar themes of autobiography and travel have merged into images more directly suggestive of a psychic quest. Columnar sculpture and paintings on canvas, wood, or paper narrate the two essential directions of Brown’s strivings. One is evolutionally downward: in her pervasive self-portraits she sometimes cradles or is partially transfigured into a cat, sometimes interacts with a hybrid cat/priest, suggesting a desire to assimilate primal feline intuitions and agility. The other impulse is upward, toward

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