Edited by Melinda Wortz
Published by © 1977 University Art Gallery, UC Irvine
The artists included in the 1977 exhibition Female Fantasies are “reflective of the…1970’s through their interest in combining personalized, fantasy content with stylistic or thematic material of other art historical periods." The works of Jo Anne Bourgault, Anna Guntner, Elatia Koepfli, Janice Lester, and Rita Yokoi, are, as many female artists’ works of the period, “engaged either directly or indirectly with some form of social comment." Many of the pieces draw directly from art historical precedent, such as the use of Surrealist techniques in Jo Anne Bourgault’s Fish and Blimp and inspiration drawn from Ingres’ Odalisque in Jan Lester’s Odalisque #2: The Cat Girl (To Caress Me Is…). These pieces integrate both art history and life experience in innovative ways.