I See / You Mean (first published 1979) is an experimental novel about mirrors, maps, relationships, the ocean, elusive success, and possible happiness, from writer, activist, and curator Lucy R. Lippard
Written in 1970 and originally published in a revised form by Chrysalis Books in 1979, I See / You Mean uses a collage of photographic descriptions, overheard dialogues, sexual encounters, and found material to chart the changing currents in the relationships between two women and two men. Lippard’s novel was deeply influenced by her own journey toward feminism, which impacted both her writing process and the final form of the book.
“I See / You Mean is a bold feminist reimagination of the novel. Every page is a testament to Lippard’s lifework—as a critic, curator, and activist—as she has restlessly sought to dismantle and rebuild the world, starting with the stories we tell ourselves and others.” —Julia Bryan-Wilson.
Afterword by Susana Torre
Edited by Jeff Khonsary
About the Author:
Lucy R. Lippard is a writer, activist, and curator. She is the author of twenty-five books on contemporary art and cultural criticism and has curated some fifty exhibitions in the United States, Europe, and Latin America.