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Untitled No. 16

Jen Davis

(Akron, Ohio, 1978 - )

2005 (printed 2012)

archival pigment print

17 5/8 in. x 22 in. (44.77 cm x 55.88 cm)

Museum Acquisition Fund

2012.2

More Information

In a series of intimate self-portraits, Davis reveals private moments in carefully orchestrated compositions. As both the photographer and subject, Davis uses photography to examine the emotional difficulties arising from being overweight in a culture permeated with an ideal of female thinness. The composition of 'Untitled No. 16', like many in this series, pays homage to Dutch master painting, using natural light to accentuate a soft, appealing color palette and simple interiors. Through her photographs, Davis shows the viewer situations in which she is isolated and vulnerable. Yet, she maintains control of her self-presentation and a keen awareness of the various gazes directed at her.

Marks

signature, title, date, edition number on back in ink

Keywords
Color
Female
Food
Fruits
Kitchen
Self portraits