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Potential Donor

Photo Credit: Rich Sanders, Des Moines

Potential Donor

Artist: Edie Fake (American, born 1980)
Date: 2018
Medium: Gouache and ink on panel
Dimensions:
Panel: 20 × 20 in. (50.8 × 50.8 cm.)
Credit Line: Des Moines Art Center Permanent Collections; Purchased with funds from the Keith W. Shaver Trust, 2018.41
Accession number: 2018.41
Classification: painting
Label Text “I feel so vulnerable about this work,” Fake admits about his recent paintings and drawings. These works are self-addressed love letters that document his gender transition. To present the complexity of this subject matter, Fake relies upon the open-ended style of abstract art, and reproduces the intricacies of the human body from vibrant forms. Potential Donor presents the moment a body either accepts or rejects a physical transplant. The background resembles a detail of a circuit-board—a metaphor for connecting components within a larger body. Laid over it, helix-like patterns (an oblique reference to DNA) invade and disappear into a diamond-shaped structure. July 22, 2020
Through elements of architecture and design, California artist Edie Fake produces colorful and intimately-scaled paintings which metaphorically refer to bodies that exist outside the male/female binary. Purchased with funds from the Keith Shaver Trust, both The Keep (2018), and Partial Donor (2018), exemplify this, and were recently included in the artist's 2018 solo exhibition held at Western Exhibitions, Chicago. These are the first works by the artist to enter the collections. Source: News, Jan, Feb, Mar 2019
SignedEdie Fake 2018 (verso l,r in light colored paint)
entirely unexpected