Multiple meanings are associated with the word “twisted” and its root “twist.” Definitions like to coil, to distort and to rotate are linked with the term. The word also refers to an unforeseen development, a disturbed state of mind and a popular 1960s dance. One of the earliest discovered references dates to fourteenth century England. In c.1325 twist meant to wring.
Featuring 48 pieces from the Mint Museums’ permanent collection, Twisted! explores the physical and psychological connections to the word twisted. The selected works reveal these various relationships from four vantage points: surface design, portraiture, formalism and transformations. In turn, this exhibition offers an opportunity to examine a variety of methodologies, styles, narratives and cultural perspectives. From Judith Schaechter’s disturbing Hemophilia to Eva Hild’s undulating structure Flutter, each piece presents a fresh interpretation of what it means to twist or be twisted.