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November 20, 2021

Selected Wall Collages by Mary Beth Edelson is a wall-based installation of 143 collages that explores the representation of women across time and culture.

To make these collages, Edelson used found images from a range of different sources. These include ancient mythology, art history, popular culture and nature photography. Artists Georgia O’Keeffe and Lee Krasner appear alongside the ancient Greek trickster-goddess Baubo, Botticelli’s Venus, model and singer Grace Jones and former First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama. Many of the images come from Edelson’s research into the figure of the goddess as a creative force, bridging nature and humanity. The power of the goddess is represented in the overall shape of a wave.

This is a short video introduction to a work on display at Tate Modern. For more information about the artist visit: tate.org.uk/art/artists/mary-beth-edelson-27158

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