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Anna M. Stein

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Anna Stein's work expolores how our culture understands, reconstructs and represents history through iconography. By utilizing mass-produced, everyday material to re-present icons of Western art history and transform them into contemporary icons, she creates a point of entry into a visual world that can otherwise seem remote. For example, in If the Vatican was a Tulip she redesigns the source for many historic church floor plans (the cross) into a stylized cartoon tulip. Each project, realized in various forms including public art, installation, sculpture, drawing, printmaking and photography, re-imagines the model or inspiration for these famous works. These resulting, unpredictable forms encourage the possibility for new or alternative histories. .