Best of Phoenix

Artist Janet de Berge Lange Contemplates Tempe Town Lake Fishermen

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De Berge Lange's assemblage art, which often takes on a vintage cast, examines present social and cultural concerns from a very feminist point of view. She's taken on weighty subjects like pedophilia, domestic violence, war and classic power plays between men and women. "I really like to make the work beautiful, to bring the viewer into the work, so they then can some do some serious thinking," says the artist.

What's your earliest memory of Phoenix? Playing in the dirt in a huge lot next to us that had mesquite trees. We lived at the end of a dead end street on 9th Street between Osborne and Indian School -- you'd call it a cul-de-sac today. It was considered way out at that time. There were no sidewalks and people ran through our front bushes when they were drunk at night. We played army and circus and had china berry fights... and I remember eating Mexican food at our favorite place, La Cucaracha; as a child, I didn't know that meant "cockroach." My dad was a saddle maker and we were always going to rodeos and riding buck boards or stage coaches in rodeo parades, too.

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