This print was inspired by the discovery of my 1950’s doll house furniture found tucked away in a sturdy box in a corner of my basement. It is based on a series of drawings I made to explore the worldly and un-worldly connections between plastic doll house “Mother” — rigid, hinged, perfectly coiffed, wearing a coral-colored dress with sturdy black heels — and the plastic doll house “Bed.” Using line and flat shapes, this diagrammatic, chart-like poster records ten of their encounters. —Suellen Rocca
Suellen Rocca was born in Chicago in 1943. Shortly after graduating from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1964, she began exhibiting with five other artists under the name the Hairy Who. The group’s exhibitions, which took place in Chicago and other cities between 1966 and 1969, drew national and international attention and went on to influence generations of artists. Recent one-person exhibitions include Bare Shouldered Beauty, Works from 1965 to 1969 (2016) and Drawings (2018), both Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, and her work has been featured in Hairy Who? 1966 - 1969, The Art Institute of Chicago (2018); 3-D Doings: The Imagist Object in Chicago Art, 1964–1980, The Tang Museum, Sarato- ga Springs, NY (2018); and Famous Artists from Chicago. 1965-1975, Fondazione Prada, Milan (2017). Rocca lives and works in Romeoville, Illinois, and also oversees nearby Elmhurst College’s collection of Chicago Imagist art as curator and director of exhibitions.