Audra Skuodas, ‘KNEELING FIGURE’, 1984, Alpha 137 Gallery
Audra Skuodas, ‘KNEELING FIGURE’, 1984, Alpha 137 Gallery
Audra Skuodas, ‘KNEELING FIGURE’, 1984, Alpha 137 Gallery

In 2013 Oberlin artist Audra Skuodas was the subject of a 44 year career retrospective at the Cleveland Arts Foundation, and winner of their lifetime achievement award. Wrote one reviewer, "The most characteristic works in the show are large, posterlike and elegantly realized paintings of slender, marionettelike women. Their often-attenuated bodies are compressed or partially extended in jagged, dancelike postures of sorrow or suffering that make them seem to be imprisoned within the rectangular forms of the canvases...In these works, beautiful, slender women cry tears of blood or thorns, or stretch Christ-like across fields of chalky color on which evenly spaced drops of blood rain down.

In these restrained and poised evocations of psychological and physical pain, with hints of Christian martyrdom, Skuodas raises questions about whether one can simply be a neutral witness to suffering or whether one is somehow complicit in the societal forces that assault her suffering women...."
The present silkscreen, entitled "Kneeling Figure" was done in the mid 1980s, the period described in this review.

Signature: Pencil signed, titled, dated and numbered from the edition of 40.

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