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1976-1978
8 x 6 x 5 in. (20.32 x 15.24 x 12.7 cm)

Betsy Packard Primary

Object Type: Sculpture
Medium and Support: paper pulp, ashes and rubber
Credit Line: Gift of the artist
Accession Number: 2020.1.1

Web Notes
Washington DC–based Betsy Packard earned an MFA in painting from Tulane University on a full fellowship in 1978. While at Tulane she spent a year in Italy where ideas of history, re-use, conservation, and record-keeping began to shape her work. ‘Often, in more than 4 decades of art making,” Packard says of her work “I have returned to subjects of history and journaling through the re-use and transformation of everyday, easily available physical material.”

In Paintings and Drawings, Packard pulped her old artworks into new pieces of paper which she shaped them into this sculpture. Her old works are thus transformed into an object of memory. This piece was part of Packard’s MFA at Tulane University.

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