Betty Tompkins in LA

Betty Tompkins exhibition "Sex Works/WOMEN Words, Phrases, and Stories" includes the installation below of 1,000 paintings from the WOMEN Words series.  The paintings are a document of "3,500 submission she received in response to two requests sent to her entire email list — the first in 2002 and a second in 2013.
“I am considering doing another series of pieces using images of women comprised of words.  I would appreciate your help in developing the vocabulary.  Please send me a list of words that describe women.  They can be affectionate (honey), pejorative (bitch), slang, descriptive, etc. The words don’t have to be in English but I need as accurate a translation as possible. Many, many thanks, Betty Tompkins.”

The four most common words were the same each time: “bitch,” “slut,” “cunt,” and “mother.” Tompkins began painting the words at times purely as text and others using the visual paint language of in her words 'old boy painters'. 


Installation view, Betty Tompkins


Installation view, Betty Tompkins
Betty Tompkins

Betty Tompkins

Betty Tompkins

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