Mona Lisa and her iconic, mysterious and angelic smile has spanned the centuries from the Italian Renaissance into our current cultural zeitgeist. It is no wonder, then, that even an upside-down and zoomed-in view of the Mona Lisa made up of 5184 spools of thread taking up an entire gallery wall was instantly recognizable to me from twenty feet away at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh.
Unique voices are easy. Through a relationship with appropriation I feel that you can work through things. Artists need to look at everything, take things from the world and make it their own. Things change in my act of mark making with my own hand. By doing this, I am finding my own voice. It is valid to look at work and devise your own ideas from it if that work is in the public domain. — Deborah Grant