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andrea geyer

If I Told Her. 2017. walnut, ash, horsehair, 120 x 22 inches.

If I Told Her is a series of wood sculptures inspired by the first issue of The Ladder. Published by the Daughters of Bilitis between 1956 and 1970, the magazine was the first nationally distributed lesbian periodical in the United States. The cover of its first edition depicts two figures facing a ladder leading into clouds. Inspired by the image and the potentiality that it evokes, Geyer created a series of sculptures that resemble ladders and lean against the wall. Each sculpture converges at the top, and horsehair hangs, in neat and even layers, from each rung, spilling onto the floor at the bottom. The sculptures propose lines of mental and physical access and exit from the institutional spaces in which they are installed.