Stolen Kisses, Polly Apfelbaum

"The irregular edges, wavering lines, and random arrangement of colors subvert any sense of rational order in Apfelbaum's gridded arrangement of cut-velvet circles. Efforts to coerce the pieces of sumptuous material, often hand-dyed by the artist, into a regular arrangement are ultimately defeated by the handmade and rough-hewn quality of the objects. The pillowcase from now-defunct Pan Am airlines, purchased at a flea market, retains the wrinkles and imperfections of its life before it became part of an artwork. The handwritten name of the previous owner is just visible through the fabric, and Apfelbaum has stamped her own name inside as well, alligning herself with the other people who have played a part in this object's history."

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