Portrait of a Model Child - Patricia Smith (NEW)
Portrait of a Model Child
About the Work


From the Artist
I address, courage, fear, confidence, and self-doubt in my drawings, prints and animations. The images are layered landscapes, strewn with obstacles. The work calls up the fear and the allure of the unknown, the possible consequences and potential rewards of navigating unfamiliar territory.
—From Brandywine Workshop and Archives records

This print is divided into three sections. The first, at the top, is a row of colored squares that contain what appear to be wigs, a mask, and children's shoes. The second, in the middle, is a large image of a young woman in a pink dress lying on what appears to be a living-room or bedroom floor. The child looks the viewer in the eye, and the viewer can see that she is the source of the wig-like hair, mask-like face, and shoes shown above. The last section, at the bottom, is another set of colored squares showing the same young woman; here, however, her image is reversed in the lower-right corner and both figures are unfinished and/or scribbled over. Viewed in full, the print may suggest that something is wrong. The dislocated and isolated details at the top and the incomplete or erased figures at the bottom seem to conjure an unformed or troubled identity.
—From Brandywine Workshop and Archives records

About the Artist

Patricia Smith is a printmaker and book artist. She earned her BA from Immaculata University, Chester County, PA; studied Japanese woodblock printing at the Yoshida Hanga Academy, Tokyo, Japan; and earned an MA from the Philadelphia College of Art...

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Portrait of a Model Child

Medium

Offset Lithograph

Date

1984

Dimensions

30" x 22"

Edition Size

100 prints in this edition

Printer

Robert "Bob" Franklin

Provenance:

Brandywine Workshop and Archives

Location

Philadelphia, PA