In 1975, Samaras began a drawing series titled Matrix (the Latin root of which means mother and womb) upon hearing news over the phone of his mother’s death in Greece. The Matrix drawings were executed on black paper in glossy graphite and, occasionally, metallic pencil. They depict the artist’s hands (one holds a telephone cord), honeycomb patterns, and drafting utensils—French curves and protractors—combined with stenciled words and phrases such as "Do Not Forget," "Speechless," and, here, "Pretend."
Signature: On reverse: May 1/75 45
Arnold and Milly Glimcher, New York (until 1986; their gift to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Lucas Samaras: Offerings from a Restless Soul," February 24–September 7, 2014, no catalogue.