altered book, acrylic, canvas, porcelain clay, metal fasteners, waxed thread
Girl with The Pill is a revisionist twist on Roy Lichtenstein that transforms his Girl with Ball into a Mid-century Modern woman celebrating her Liberation. As in his painting, a bathing beauty holds aloft a red and white beach ball. But rather than being sand-bound, here she has sailed away on a three-dimensional ship construction that bursts out of an iconic feminist book of the 1960s (Germain Greer’s The Female Eunoch). Meanwhile with the turn of an arrow, the beach ball revolves into an illustration of The Pill, adding a final, triumphant commentary.
This work also exists as a three-dimensional painting construction measuring 36 x 24 x 18 , where the movable beach ball changes into a drawing of “The Pill”. In this altered book version, the movable and boat construction are attached to Germain Greer’s The Female Eunoch.
Collaborating for the past nine years, Amee J. Pollack and Laurie Spitz explore women’s legacies through one-of-a-kind constructions and artists’ books. Pollack earned an MFA in Book Arts/Printmaking from The University of the Arts. Spitz earned a BA at UC-Berkeley. Their work is in numerous permanent collections.