Isis Hockenos


Artist Statement

Hockenos received her BA from Sarah Lawrence University, and studied printmaking at Fondazione il Bisonte in Florence, Italy.

In this body of work, Hockenos explores the universality of repetitive tasks, the much maligned Taylorism.  Identically uniformed, (wo)men’s hands move in synch, producing consistent, precise piecework.  Through color and language, she evokes the female sensibility as applied to manual labor and traditionally masculine industries.  Whether shearing sheep, carding wool, picking snails from lettuce, shelling peas, breaking down a duck or stuffing quail in unison,  the spirit and desire of the worker remains unique.

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