Collection: Lorna Simpson

Lorna Simpson
b. 1960, New York City; lives in New York City ¶
Still, 1997, 1997
Serigraph on felt, 36 panels
121-1/2 x 217-9/16 inches, overall
Edition 1/2
Collection Pérez Art Museum Miami, museum purchase with funds from Rosa and Carlos de la Cruz and Nedra and Mark Oren
Nancy Robinson Watson

Still is a single, large-scale photograph that has been silkscreened onto thirty-six felt panels. The technique makes the image look as though it is floating on the surface of this material, an effect similar to that of an antique photogravure. Borrowing from the traditions of nineteenth century romantic landscape painting and 20th century photographs of the North American West, Simpson interrupts the beauty and reverie of the environment she depicts through the subtle inclusion of short texts printed across the image. These captions describe diverse interactions between couples in this space, which include sexual encounters. The inclusion of these texts speaks to the way in which landscapes are defined through the human interactions that take place within them, while additionally addressing how photographs often contain hidden narratives.¶

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