Olowska embeds her compositions with forgotten figures from overlooked histories. This work depicts the Mexican poet and painter Carmen Mondragón (1893–1978), also known as Nahui Olin, a fashion and cultural icon who posed for such artists as Diego Rivera, Tina Modotti, and Edward Weston. Olowska complicates the depiction in several ways. The central figure is based on a picture by the fashion photographer Norman Parkinson—not of Olin, but of another woman. The plates on the wall are decorated with images of the artist and her lovers, a nod to Olowska’s own ceramic work, while the collaged cats evoke the artist’s preoccupation with these animals.
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