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Sillman is interested in the inheritance of abstract expressionism, a kind of painting that women artists of her generation were discouraged from making, since gestural painting was associated with male bravado. Sillman acknowledges that any artist wanting to make art from the starting point of their body will be involved with the messiness of materials. The compositions in her paintings are worked over in many layers, changing several times. She brings together fragments of figures, such as the ‘club foot’ of this work, with passages of abstract painting.