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Independent Cell

Artist: Rachel Lachowicz (1964 – ) Primary
Date: 2013
21st century
Dimensions: 36 x 42 in. (914.4 x 1066.8 mm)
Dimensions Extent: overall
Object Type: Sculpture
Creation Place: North America, United States
Medium and Support: Pigment, cosmetic compound, and plexiglass
Edition Size: 12
Credit Line: Gift of Katie and Amnon Rodan, 2022.
Accession Number: 2022.35.01
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Feminist artist Rachel Lachowicz aims to reconfigure works of famous male artists using cosmetics such as lipstick and eyeshadow. Independent Cell, a plexiglass construction filled with cobalt blue eye shadow, is a spinoff of her larger work Cell: Interlocking Construction which references The Merzbau , a 1930s space with a grotto-like surface and various columns and sculptures by German Dada artist Kurt Schiwtters.


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Social and political critical theory and movement asserting the inherent value of women and female characteristics, and working to protect and promote women's rights and interests.
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