The title O & N refers to the couple Ohad Meromi, a sculptor, and Naomi Frye, a writer and editor; both are friends of the artist. Using brush and ink, Sillman drew them from life and then from memory, eventually shifting to printmaking. The figures become progressively more distilled and abstract, ending up as a barely recognizable echo of the couple’s initial likeness. The artist encountered many “intermediary struggles,” some yielding images “so ugly, it’s cool.” Sillman considers a number of proofs that include her hand-painted additions independent works of art; she has exhibited them as such.
"Yes, No, Maybe: The Art of Making
Decisions," lecture by exhibition curators Judith Brodie and Adam Greenhalgh (audio)
Julie Mehretu, artist, in conversation with curator Judith Brodie, Diamonstein-Spielvogel lecture (audio)
"An Insider's Perspective," lecture by Kathan Brown, founder of Crown Point Press (audio)