fig. 54: Another (Un)Explained Occurrence
X-rays, mirror, wood, acrylic, glass funnels, fish hooks,
teeth, hair, fingernails, 24"x60"x5", 1995
© Sharon Siskin

(Un)Explained Occurrence, 1995, is a long "pseudo-science piece," lending poetic evidence for the presence of angels. Here a series of x-rays have been transformed into a compelling narrative with found objects. (Mayfield)

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Sharon Siskin

Sharon Siskin studied painting at the Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Pennsylvania. She received her MA from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque in 1979 and her MFA from the University of California at Berkeley in 1981.

The artist was inspired to work in the AIDS support community during the 1987 quilt exhibition of The NAMES Project Foundation at Moscone Center, San Francisco. As Siskin found the exhibition to be overwhelmingly moving and dizzingly expansive, she limited her focus to those quilt panels bearing a direct relation to her own life. After this experience, Siskin decided to actively contribute to a teaching program for artists and students with HIV. Rest Up, San Francisco, and the Center for AIDS Services, Oakland, were willing to co÷sponsor programs. Siskin's involvement extended beyond grant writing, teaching, and program organization to the national promotion of exhibitions for artists and students.

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All text © Signe Mayfield.
Curatorial statement (1996 Siskin exibition,
Palo Alto Cultural Center, Palo Alto, CA)
edited by Terri Cohn and Susan Ressler.