Roberta Malkin

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Duplicity (25″ x 9.5″ x 10″), ceramic, $1200

I am a painter, sculptor, and printmaker working primarily with the female figure. Over the course of my life as an artist, I have experimented with numerous styles, but my interest in the female form has been a constant. Early in my career I developed chaotic patterns that seemed to flow directly out of my subjects and into the surrounding canvas. Even today I use abstract patterns, not just for decoration but to tie together my various elements. One reason I do this is because my figures are forlorn and perpetually alone. I use the patterns to connect the figures to each other, and to the viewer. I have also been creating women who have a single body but multiple faces. This external complexity reflects their complex internal lives and identities.