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72 x 54 ¼ in. (182.9 x 137.2 cm.)
Painting / Mixed Media
Acrylic on paper marouflaged onto canvas with gesso and gelatin
From the Cognitos Series
Titled, dated, and signed on the reverse: Djuna © ’84 June Wayne
Canvas constructed by Douglass Howell.
Neuberger Museum of Art, 1997 (illus.); Fresno Art Museum, 1988 (illus.); Armstrong Gallery, 1984; Pasadena Museum of California Art, 2014; MB Abram Galleries, 2018
Wayne sometimes used Djuna as a nom de plume. The title of the painting is a quiet tribute to the early 20th century feminist writer and rebel Djuna Barnes. (Source: The Art of Everything, Robert Conway, 2007)
The black gesso surface captures and plays with light and perspective, and provides a profoundly meditative experience, and is seen differently from every changing angle of viewing.