Patricia Underwood's compositions speak to
the viewer in a deeply personal yet universally accessible language
of symbols and shapes, which serve as a vehicle to raise controversial
and seemingly insoluble issues. Her 2002 series, "Bimbos
made elegant and intriguing associations between representations
of the female figure in our current culture and those in prehistoric
matriarchal societies to confront issues of self-esteem and abuse.
In her series, "Healing Shields", each piece deals
with a specific, painful issue such as domestic violence and
racism, and acts as a "visual prayer" for healing.
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