• Issue
  • Nov 01, 2022

What Lies Beneath

PACITA ABAD, The Village Where I Came From (detail), 1991, acrylic, oil, painted cloth on stitched and padded canvas, 244 × 173 cm. Photo by Max McClure.Courtesy the Pacita Abad Estate.

So much of art is about surfaces and appearances—whether it’s what lies on a canvas or appears on a screen, or how an object looks or a performer moves. And yet with these visual cues, we are drawn deeper into other worlds and stories.