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Sic [Sic] Sick

A work made of enamel sign paint on canvas.
© 1989 Kay Rosen

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  • A work made of enamel sign paint on canvas.

Date:

1989

Artist:

Kay Rosen
American, born 1949

About this artwork

Kay Rosen uses words and letters as a means of examining the ways in which language structures knowledge— particularly in terms of awareness of self and place. Generally concerned with formal configurations of words and letters and with the gamesmanship involved in the deconstruction and reconstruction of language, her exceedingly clever, diagrammatic works consist of common phrases, poetic verse, and word plays based on synonyms and homonyms. These black-and-white paintings form a cornerstone of Rosen’s work from the late 1980s onward, reflecting an early and ongoing interest in themes such as systems and symmetry, the structure of individual letterforms, comparative structures of words, and humor.

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Artist

Kay Rosen

Title

Sic [Sic] Sick

Origin

United States

Date

1989

Medium

Enamel sign paint on canvas

Dimensions

40.6 × 25.4 cm (16 × 10 in.)

Credit Line

Walter M. Campana Memorial, Mr. and Mrs. Frank H. Armstrong, and Joseph N. Eisendrath prize funds; Virginia K. Headburg and Edward and Eleanor DeWitt funds

Reference Number

2007.109

Copyright

© 1989 Kay Rosen

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