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When asked about her work, Joan Mitchell said: “My paintings repeat a feeling about Lake Michigan, or water, or fields…it’s more like a poem, and that’s what I want to paint.” Through abstraction, Mitchell lyrically conferred feeling onto landscape, uniting elements of visual observation and physical experience with an emotional state of mind. She painted Minnesota, an expansive work on four panels, in 1980. The use of multiple panels made it possible for her to create repetition on a large scale, and to insert the elements of time and change into the static medium of painting.