By Evelyn Eller
New York: Evelyn Eller, 2006. One-of-a-Kind.
6 x 7 x 1"; 8 unnumbered leaves on handmade paper loosely laid into black plastic box lined with patterned paper. The leaves contain paper collages with snippets of text and image. Paper title on lid tipped onto matching patterned paper.
With a single photocopied image on most pages along with multiple definitions seemingly cut from dictionaries the collages set forth the possible base roles of a woman's life - girl, daughter, sister, wife, daughter-in-law, mother, mother-in-law, widow - along with the trappings of those roles as captured by language - girlish, fertile, womb, fertile, sisterly, womanly, wifely.
"Transitions" suggests that what begins simply as girl/girlish becomes more and more complex through the transitions of a woman's life.
Would a look at transitions for men then be along the lines of – boy, son, brother, husband, son-in-law, father, father-in-law, widower; and, words such as boyish, fertile, brotherly, manly, husbandly.
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