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Joan Jonas on Defying Gender Expectations


“The convention that you have to behave well makes one shier. One excitement of being a woman artist is, in fact, that you can control your public face more. That’s exactly why I hate descriptions of women artists that begin with: She’s so personal or she’s so eccentric. My work is really something made for the public. I never want it to be described as autobiographical.”


quoted inAn Exchange between Joan Jonas, Susan Howe and Jeanne Heuving