One idea to emerge in the Feminist Art Movement was the inherent differences in form between the art of men and women. Many women sought to identify the formal qualities found universally in women’s art that had been suppressed or denigrated by the male-dominated art establishment. Some of these qualities included emphasis on line and detail, sensuous surfaces and forms, collage, grid, and patchwork.
Kozloff was born in
Kozloff’s paintings, such as this one, contain influences from three then-concurrent painting styles: Hard Edge, Color Field, and Decoration. She retained the structure of Hard Edge, enhancing it with abstract patterns placed within a grid of various small color fields. When she worked, Kozloff first meticulously established the grid and designs of the patterns. Since the 1990s Kozloff’s work has been inspired by close-ups of antique maps, often applied to non-flat surfaces.
In the 1970s, Kozloff’s emphasis on pattern was one of the elements that helped break down the traditional barriers between fine arts and decorative arts. It was a period when Fiber Arts came into their own. The distinction between fine and decorative arts has more or less been minimized since the 1970s.
DCMoore Gallery has selected works of Kozloff’s current work.