If I Were a Botanist: the Pale
2014, acrylic, mixed media and collage on canvas, 54 x 101 in. (137.2 x 256.5 cm)
The maps in “If I Were a Botanist: the Pale” and “If I Were a Botanist: Gaza” invite comparison between today’s occupation of Palestine and the Pale of Settlement, the territory within Imperial Russia restricted for Jews from 1835-1917, to which Joyce Kozloff traces her ancestry. Their joyful aura disguises the embedded political content, visible on closer inspection.