Something Curated: How did your early spray dot paintings in the 1970s come about?
Howardena Pindell: I became fascinated by the circle in my last year at graduate school at Yale University’s School of Art and Architecture. The circle for me as a point of interest started when I saw the work of a classmate, Nancy Muratta. As a child the circle was an indication that the glass or plate, etc. was only to be used by people of colour. I was very young, and my father took me to a root beer stand in northern Kentucky. At the time we were with my grandmother who lived in southern Ohio. It was a symbol used during segregation and Jim Crow. I think on some level I was undoing the hurt during those years.
Image: Howardena Pindell, Tesseract #1, 2022
Courtesy the artist, Garth Greenan Gallery, New York, and Victoria Miro