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Women's Studies
Women's Studies 2158A/B
Sonia Halpern

Lecture 010 Reading – Nanas, Guns, and Gardens (Phyllis Braff) - Saint-Phalle’s work has sometimes been regarded as playful, but the fuller perspective allowed by the retrospective suggests that she was a pioneer in exploring emotions from a feminist point of view, using personal experience as source material and developing themes of sex, love, aggression, childbirth, nurturing and death. - She has examined painful relationships and female vulnerability in works that confront fears and celebrate love. - Saint-Phalle solicits the involvement of the viewer in her work. - Saint-Phalle’s most familiar works are the Everywomen known as “Nanas”. Each of these figures are made of wire, papier-mâché, paint
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