Eastern Thought Leads to the Self, Audrey Flack

Audrey Flack (American, b. 1931) Eastern Thought Leads to the Self, ca. 1998 Photolithograph on paper Gift of the Artist 1998.24

This work by Audrey Flack is one of a six-print series titled,
Recent Pages from an Ancient Past. Her series employs
archetypal figures such as the artist, a chieftain, and an
Egyptian goddess, to explore stereotypes, identity and social
status. Here, she references her past experience of studying
meditation, Pranayama breathing techniques, and the
Bhagavad-Gita. Though Flack does not identify solely as a
feminist artist, she expressed the necessity for female vision in
the history of art after being ruthlessly critiqued for her
feminist-perceived painting, Jolie Madame. The print, Eastern
Thought Leads to the Self, may be best understood as a
statement of her individuality as both an artist and a woman.