In her recent solo exhibition, Temkin combines works in acrylic paint, dye and thread on cloth with others on cut paper, she both objectifies that most personal of marks--the pattern of whorls and sickle-shaped lines that distinguish every person from any other--and turns it into a surprisingly universal aesthetic statement about the simultaneous uniqueness and anonymity of human identity. The conundrum of a fingerprint as the ultimate signature is that one looks at first glance much like any other; only by examining it in microscopic detail, as she has done here, can we associate it with an individual.
Most effective and haunting are the works on paper, whose sliced-and -reconfigured quality suggests a fracturing and reassembling of identity with implications that are both psychological and --especially in this era of increasing surveillance--political.
-Kevin Nance, Art Critic, "Art Exhibit Redefines Handmade," Chicago Sun-Times, 1/17/2007
Feminist Artist Statement
My combined medium of paint and needlework is influenced by "women's work" of the past. Hanging threads left from the stitching process, suggest a secret side or something turned inside-out.
The threads of family are very strong. They string one generation to another and to another. And hold us together in a time of need.