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Her fabric collage, which she called "femmage," looks like a garish 1980s ski jacket, and that is the point.
"femmage" to advance the view that the origin of collage was women's work, quilting and patching together.
Primary document published by Schapiro clarifying femmage.
The use of monumental scale and patterned or decorative fabric pieces merged in the “femmage” was a strong response to a patriarchal history of art.
Her development of “femmage,” a conflation of textile arts and painting in which the twentieth-century collage, pioneered by Picasso in 1912, is transformed into an idiom of female empowerment, is designed to boldly confront sexist thought and dignify women.
Among her many awards are: Ford Foundation Grant; National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship; Guggenheim Fellowship; Skowhegan Medal for Collage (for her development of femmage); and Rockefeller Foundation Grant for Artists Residency at the Bellagio Study and Conference Center in Italy.
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