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You Enter this Place of Abandoned Desires

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You Enter this Place of Abandoned Desires

Artist: Hollis Sigler (American, 1948 - 2001)

Date: 1987
Medium: Oil on canvas
Overall: 59 7/8 x 59 3/4in. (152.1 x 151.8cm)
Signed: Lower left: 'Hollis Sigler 1987'
Credit Line: Gift of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, Hassam and Speicher Purchase Fund
Object number: 89.9
Label Text
Hollis Sigler painted in an intentionally naive manner. The stagy look of her settings and the child-like method of describing them remove the paintings from the immediate present. In this manner, Sigler established an atmosphere of remembering dreams or childhood experiences.

In You Enter This Place of Abandoned Desires Sigler transformed an empty lot that she passed every day on her way to work. The derelict bus and other cast-off objects create a symbolic environment of broken promises and lowered expectations. Some viewers, however, have interpreted the glowing sky as a sign of renewed hopefulness despite disappointment.


Presumed copyright: the artist or the artist's representative/heir(s).