Women and Abstraction, Cornell Fine Arts Museum– Curated by Amy Galpin Ph.D.

The Multis. Ink and gesso on cardboard, 2014. Across diverse media, Dana Hargrove redacts architectural forms to create simultaneously playful and profound abstract forms. Sometimes the original source is a cairn (a traditional mound of stones found in her native Scotland) and in other cases she draws inspiration from urban environments.The Multis was created in response to rundown, multi-story buildings in downtown Dundee, Scotland. Beginning in 2010, these structures were torn down and inhabitants were again forced to relocate amidst a growing housing crisis. At first glance, the panels are reminiscent of the various buildings and even a city skyline. Upon further inspection, the varying sizes and groupings of the abstract forms suggest family units within a larger community. Through the use of a readily available material such as cardboard, Hargrove references daily life experience and reinforces widespread experiences of displacement and economic struggle. Read more…