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Mechano/Flower Fan

Close up of Mechano/Flower Fan

A colorfully painted and collaged folding fan spread open on a peach-orange background.

Miriam Schapiro, Mechano/Flower Fan, 1979; Acrylic and fabric collage on paper, 30 x 44 in.; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Gift of MaryRoss Taylor in honor of her mother, Betty S. Abbott; © Miriam Schapiro

Mechano/Flower Fan
Miriam Schapiro

A founding mother of the Pattern and Decoration movement that paid homage to traditional womanly arts such as quilting and lace making, Miriam Schapiro has referenced fans in her art in various ways.

Fans cross chronological and cultural boundaries and are typically associated with women. Mechano/Flower Fan is an early example of Schapiro’s exploration of this object.  The work features a strict geometry and fan mechanism that would loosen up in the artist’s future iterations of form.

Schapiro composed the image with colorfully patterned fabric and acrylic paint. The ribs of the fan and the decorative fabric lend an energy to the work that beckons viewers into the vibrant composition.

Artwork Details

  • Artist

    Miriam Schapiro
  • Title

    Mechano/Flower Fan
  • Date

  • Medium

    Acrylic on paper, Fabric collage
  • Dimensions

    30 x 44 in.
  • Donor Credit

    Gift of Mary Ross Taylor in honor of her mother, Betty S. Abbott
  • Photo Credit

    © Miriam Schapiro
  • On Display