Black lines radiating outward from the round form at the painting’s center resemble the spokes of a bicycle wheel, like the one also on view in this gallery that so fascinated the artist’s brother Marcel Duchamp. Circles—some hand-painted, others cut from printed silver paper—evoke a flickering motion. Suzanne maintained a transatlantic correspondence with Marcel (she lived in Paris and he in New York in the early 1920s), in which they discussed their shared interests in mechanical forms, optical effects, and wordplay. In bringing together the nouns “solitude” and “funnel,” this work’s ambiguous title suggests a mechanical counterpart to a psychological state.
Gallery label from 2019