Lily van der Stokker

Worcester Art Museum

In her first solo museum project in the United States, Dutch artist Lily van der Stokker traded her usually sweet and optimistic written commentaries for playful, gossipy complaints about real and fictional family and friends. She retains her cheerful “girlish” colors and precise ornamental patterns in four wall paintings of varying scales that extend into sculptural forms and furniture. Although the paintings have the appearance of spontaneous doodles, they are in fact technically intricate works based on numerous graphic studies that she traced from projections on to the four gallery walls.

In the largest work at the Worcester Art Museum, the almost eighteen-foot-high Jack and Money in the Bank (all works 2004), van der Stokker fills a purple outline reminiscent of a Carroll Dunham and another that suggests a border or coastline with tessellating patterns of red, green, and yellow squares.

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