Clapp Library, Wellesley College
This painting of an empty dormitory evokes the acute emotional experience of a student left alone over winter break. Talmadge's work explores an underlying sense of desolation in our social spaces that is frequently swept into the dark corners of American history. This painting is part of a series exploring the Seven Sisters, an elite group of women's liberal arts colleges on the East Coast of the United States. Talmadge's use of pointillism in these works mirrors the antiquated and exacting style of the dorm's brutalist architecture.
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Cynthia Talmadge’s desolate images explore her fascination with heightened emotional states. Her painting, photography and installations depict subjects drawn from the dark side of Americana, including empty dorm rooms and funeral homes. She also designs elaborate interior environments for her work.
This painting of an empty dormitory evokes the acute emotional experience of a student left alone over winter break, capturing an underlying sense of desolation that inhabits our social spaces.More
- Framed: 24.0 x 30.0 x 1.5 in.
- This work is in an artist's frame, which is a part of the work itself.