1893 . pennsylvania . usa

1987 . pennsylvania . usa


Pearl Blauvelt lived alone in a house without water or heating. Her neighbors called her the “village witch.” In the mid 1950s, having become disabled, she was placed in a nursing home until her death. The house remained unoccupied for nearly fifty years, until it was bought by the new owners, who then discovered the drawings of Pearl Blauvelt, in an old wooden box hidden under piles of abandoned things. They were made between 1940 and 1950. Blauvelt was inspired by images from mail-order catalogues to draw everyday objects: clothes, furniture, houses, cars, banknotes etc. The objects are transparent, as if being X-rayed, the perspectives inverted, the scales asymmetrical.