Lincoln Lincoln Log

Billie Theide


Champaign, IL, United States

3 x 1.5 x 1 inches

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“Lincoln Lincoln Log” is a brooch in a series of work that references Lincoln. Given my passion for exploring historical matter to provide commentary, I participated in a year long residency at the University of Illinois Springfield where I researched Lincoln’s legacy and created original artworks. The brooch presents a Lincoln Log child’s toy covered in a collage of vintage 4 cent commemorative postage stamps; the work prods you to contemplate Lincoln in the marketplace. I see beauty in the mundane. I am preoccupied with displacing images to influence perceptions, trigger memories, and alter realities. My creative practice is driven by a passion for history and collecting, an interest in hybridization, the absurd, and the human propensity for excess and ornamentation.

Billie Theide received a Visual Arts Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and five Artists Fellowship Grants from the Illinois Arts Council. She is a Distinguished Member and Past-President of SNAG. Billie Theide is Professor Emerita of Art and the Inaugural James Avery Endowed Chair at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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