Mary Arp


It all began with a small, clipped image from a 1940' s Good Housekeeping magazine. There she was: a two inch tall housewife, prim in both her apron and hair style. Her arms were extended: one for balance and one with a cloth for cleaning. I took this "cleaning woman" image to Kinko ' s , the 24 -hour copy center where I spend too much time. There, I made successive photocopies and enlargements until I had a stack of grainy, obviously mechanically reproduced "drawings". Back in the studio, with a 4B charcoal pencil and paper, I vigorously drew backgrounds for the "cleaning woman" in which to do her cleanliness thing. Examples of some of the drawings are: an oil spill, rain forest foliage backed by a cityscape, and a sea turtle swimming in space near the planet Earth. In each of these drawings, I collaged a very grainy photocopy of "cleaning woman".

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Collage--Themes, motives; Collage--Technique; Feminism in art; Human ecology in art

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Document Type


Department, Program, or Center

School of Art (CIAS)


Williams, Judd

Advisor/Committee Member

Bornarth, Philip

Advisor/Committee Member

Cole, Bob


Note: imported from RIT’s Digital Media Library running on DSpace to RIT Scholar Works. Physical copy available through RIT's The Wallace Library at: N6494.C6A76 1993


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