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Betty Woodman, in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. Betty Woodman Handbag, 2006. Hand-silkscreen printed on cotton canvas, and interior zip pocket. 22 x 17 x 5 inches. Edition of 300.
Betty Woodman, in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. Betty Woodman Handbag, 2006. Hand-silkscreen printed on cotton canvas, and interior zip pocket. 22 x 17 x 5 inches. Edition of 300.
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Betty Woodman

Betty Woodman is internationally recognized as one of the most important ceramic artists working today. Through her inventive use of color and form and her expert blend of a wide range of influences, she creates exuberant and captivating ceramic sculpture. Employing many forms, from fragmented wall vases to bronze benches to pillow pitchers, she presents a delightful gathering of influences and traditions. Woodman has traveled extensively, finding inspiration in cultures around the world.
 
Drawing no boundaries between traditions of fine art and craft, Woodman takes elements from the rich heritage of each and makes them her own. She uses the motif of the vase and the vessel repeatedly, allowing it to enrich her exploration of formal and painterly traditions:

The centrality of the vase in my work is certainly a reference to a global perspective on art history and production.The container is a universal symbol- it holds and pours all fluids, stores foods, and contains everything from our final remains to flowers. The vase motif connects what I do to all aspects of art. I can mix the motifs of a classic Greek vase on one side of a triptych with the details of a Japanese print on the other all conveyed with a palette based on the hues of a recollected Hindu temple.

Bio
Born 1930, lives and works in New York City and Antella, Italy
Betty Woodman's work has been shown around the world in exhibitions in France, Italy, Holland and Japan. The Metropolitan Museum, New York presented a retrospective of Woodman’s work in June 2006. This retrospective included some 70 examples of early utilitarian objects, large vessel groups, wall installations, paintings, and drawings.