Marla Olmstead paints ferocious, bold abstractions that convey the joys, sorrows and fears of existence. She has an agent and solo exhibitions in glamorous galleries, cruises in limos and boasts work that sells for tens of thousands of dollars. Her other accomplishments include teething, learning to pee in a toilet and successful bipedal motion.
Though Rendition is problematic, it does raise questions about American involvement in the practice of torture. Mark Danner, a staff writer at the New Yorker and the author of Torture and Truth: America, Abu Ghraib, and the War on Terror and The Secret Way to War: The Downing Street Memo and the Iraq War's Buried History, discusses these questions with SFR.