Stevens, All-y all-y in-free, 1996. Mixed media
collage/assemblage with hair, tobacco, mirror, purse, match sticks, etc.
Born in 1924 in Boston, Massachusetts.
The mysterious combination of elements in All-y all-y in-free provides
clues to the story of a young child abuse victim. Stevens' process of
collage invites chance into a composition, just as fate unpredictably
alters one's life. Stevens believes that "...art is about breaking the
rules, trying to surprise the sought after even as you are surprised by
Stevens comments on well-known male critics who essentialize women. She
explains that once women achieve success they are labeled, and the field
is diminished. She writes, "Think of the differing ways in which women's
use of sewing or embroidery or crocheting in a painting or sculpture is
evaluated compared to such appropriation by men...We do indeed have a
long way to go, a number of definitions to rewrite--with our work, our
art, our voices..."