Wig, 1990 by Claudia Fitch (image courtesy of SAM)
I think it's been about 20 years since the last time I was in Pullman, Washington. Hopefully that will all change real soon though because WSU is mounting a 20+ year retrospective of the art of Claudia Fitch. Truly one of our region's artistic treasures, this show will be a fantastic opportunity to see some of her older work.
"Giving the same attention and creative integrity to a cartoon or advertisement as she does to traditional forms, she has built a visual world that references our culture with an unconventional depth and breadth. She presents the absurdity of life with all the theatricality and spectacle of a Broadway musical. She wields the power to entertain and sooth us but always reserves the right to disturb and confuse. In this realm the expectations of male and female roles are blurred and beauty waits pretending to be distorted. Here the trappings of an object driven society become fodder for her discourse. Here she defines Americana.” - curator Keith Wells
If you'd like to hear more about Claudia's thoughts on gender, pick up the current issue of La Norda Specialo where Brian Murphy leads Claudia, Leo Berk, Jeffry Mitchell and myself in a conversation about masculinity.
Claudia's retrospective will run January 13 - April 2. There will be a reception on Thursday, Jan 20 including a lecture at 7pm. Who's up for a road trip?