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 Pat Lasch  (1944 - )

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Lived/Active: New York      Known for: Figurative sculpture, dresses, cakes

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Pat  Lasch
Anna Reilly II, 2014, Acrylic polymer paint, pearls, and beads, 46 x 15 inches
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born in New York in 1944, the daughter of a German-born pastry chef, Pat Lasch has been producing ground breaking and provocative work for almost four decades.

She has fashioned beautiful cakes from wood, rag paper and iced with acrylic paint.  Her tiny figure sculptures in the Sacred Breeding series include a fertile holy woman named Anna and an African prince under an elegant canopy — sleeping atop large, rectangular podiums, their sexual organs prominently displayed, all dedicated to bringing new life into existence.  Near Anna are three eggs, perhaps the result of her association with the three sacred men across the room.  Meanwhile, an Egg Handler sits atop a mirrored box filled with eggs that seemingly go on toward infinity. In her own words: Sacred Breeding is about the miraculous, mystical and mysterious origins of life. Out of my chaos comes Anna, the fertile holy woman; the precious Egg Handler; and the sacred men, including an African Prince, canopied with golden squares and pearls.
We don’t know what takes place!
Perhaps it is an ancient scene.
Perhaps it is the future.
What we do know is that they exist to carry on life.

Her “Christening dresses,” are made entirely from acrylic polymer paint. Lasch says: “The ‘Christening dresses’ represent a young girl’s entrance into the world through her mother’s labor, and the unknown future of her own life and labors.” Lasch notes that her work has gone against the grain of art world trends: “From the late 1960s and mid-1970s, when most artists were painting, I reclaimed sewing as an art form, putting thousands of tiny stitches on muslin to represent our ancestors…Today, as young artists are working with sewing and textiles, often in monumental scale, I am using paint to create ‘fabric’ for small, intricately detailed ‘Christening dresses’.”

Pat Lasch has enjoyed significant success in her career, having participated in many individual and group exhibitions in the United States and abroad.  She was elected a National Academician in 1995, and her work is represented in such museum collections as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.; and the Palm Springs Art Museum, California.

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