Planthouse at the Beach | Margaret Garrett’s 19 Poses


19 Poses, 2020
Suite of 7 woodblock and chine collé prints
Printed by Flatbed Press, Austin, Texas


Hope is the thing with feathers —
that perches the soul —
–Emily Dickinson

Planthouse at The Beach opens online July 31 featuring 19 Poses, a suite of seven woodblock and chine collé prints, by Margaret Garrett.

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, the Martha Graham Dance Company chose 19 poses from evocative Graham dances to promote their 2020 season featuring women choreographers. Long inspired by the Graham’s work, artist-dancer Margaret Garrett was immediately moved. She set out to learn the poses and use them for a new body of work to honor the centennial which granted women the right to vote. 19 is a project incorporating performance, video, collage, painting and printmaking. The project in its entirety will be on view at Planthouse this September. The suite of woodblock prints, 19 Poses, is part of this series. After teaching herself the poses, Garrett created a video of herself moving. Next, she set out to make a collage representing each shape. Then, she selected a few of these collages to use as a base for woodblocks. In January, Garrett traveled to Austin, Texas and spent a week working with Katherine Brimberry and Alex Giffen of Flatbed Press, printing and combining the the blocks. These prints, especially Trio, Ghostdance and Duo, capture the magic of choreography in relief form. 19 Poses pays tribute to the Graham project and joins them in commemorating the 19th Amendment’s historic milestone.

Born in North Carolina and raised in Pennsylvania, Margaret Garrett grew up training to be a dancer and went on to dance with the Pennsylvania and Cleveland Ballet Companies. In her early twenties, she discovered painting, finding something spiritually akin to dance in the movement of line and color, and switched her focus to visual art. Garrett’s paintings, prints, and videos have been exhibited in galleries and museums across the United States including Planthouse, Danese/Corey, the Flag Art Foundation, Birnam Wood, and the Parrish Art Museum. She has been awarded residencies at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts and in Assisi, Italy, and has collaborated on two projects with Flatbed Press in Austin, Texas. Garrett’s work is held in numerous private and corporate collections in the United States and Europe. Museum collections include the Parrish Art Museum and Guild Hall Museum. She currently lives and maintains a studio on Shelter Island, NY.


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