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Dee Wolff

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Dee Wolff’s “Stations of the Cross” series, 1973–88, expands the theme of the Passion of Christ beyond its orthodox confines and adds to it the Resurrection. Over the last 14 years Wolff has made a persistent and disciplined struggle against conformity and rigidity; her work moves toward a universal and ecumenical end. This series of works is about spiritual growth transcending both the Church and the ego, and it is based on a scheme that preserves the inspiration of the first and a scenario for the second.

Working intuitively, Wolff began with small, simple, semiabstract drawings that spontaneously provided links in her narrative. Firmly shaped, brightly colored, and childlike, the drawings were labeled and ordered only after she saw qualities in each that accorded with her symbolic imperatives. An important transformation occurred when Wolff began painting the paper she worked on black.

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