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Nancy Bowen

Betsy Rosenfield Gallery

Given the current political and legal battles being waged over women’s bodies, not to mention recent revisionist histories that flesh out centuries of social and psychological domination, it is not surprising that issues revolving around the representation of the body should be attracting attention in the world of art as well. While studies of gender have informed feminist strategy, these analytical dissections have also supplied fragments and body parts as materials of artistic expression. Picking up the pieces and reassembling them in sexual configurations related to, but different from, the iconography of earlier feminist art, Nancy Bowen invests a set of glass and ceramic vessels with an odd corporeality that seems to fall someplace between the imaginative poles represented by Disney and Bosch. Derived from medieval medical illustrations, which, because they defy modern scientific

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