Sarah Sudhoff - At the Hour of Death (2010-11)
"Death, like birth, is part of a process. However, the processes of death are often shielded from view. Today in Western society most families leave to a complete stranger the responsibility of preparing a loved one’s body for its final resting place. Traditional mourning practices, which allowed for the creation of Victorian hair jewelry or other memento mori items, have fallen out of fashion. Now the stain of death is quickly removed and the scene is cleaned and normalized. As Phillipe Aries writes, Society no longer observes a pause; the disappearance of an individual no longer affects its continuity.
At the age of seventeen, I lost a friend to suicide. While visiting his home the day after the event, I witnessed a clean-up crew steam cleaning the carpet in his bedroom. All physical traces of the past 24 hours had vanished.
These large-scale color photographs capture and fully illuminate swatches of bedding, carpet and upholstery marked with the signs of the passing of human life. The fabrics which are first removed by a trauma scene clean up crew, are relocated to a warehouse before being destroyed. I tack each swatch to the wall and use the crew’s floodlights to illuminate the scene. The images are my attempt to slow the moments before and after death into a single frame, to allow what is generally invisible to become visible, and to engage with a process from which we have become disconnected.”
1. Seizure, Male, 25 years old
2. Suicide with Gun, Male, 40 years old (I)
3. Illness, Female, 60 years old
4. Heart Attack, Male, 50 years old (III)
5. Heart Attack, Male, 50 years old (II)
6. Suicide with Gun, Male, 40 years old (II)
With thanks to my friend C. J. Schrat for introducing me to this artist’s work.
Random little boy in a butterfly cape playing at MassMoCA
So much love for this image!
Happy Warriors | Memorial Day 2014
Members of the Women’s Army Corps (WAC) pose at Camp Shanks, New York, before leaving from New York Port of Embarkation on Feb. 2, 1945. Photo Credit: Associated Press
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Easter Eggs for Hitler | Memorial Day 2014
T/5 William E. Thomas and Pfc. Joseph Jackson will roll specially prepared eggs on Hitler’s lawn. March1945.
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ART: JAMILLA OKUBO - ‘LOVE YOU’ ILLUSTRATION SERIES.
Artist and illustrator Jamilla Okubo celebrates beautiful stages of black love in her ‘Love You’ series.
Artists and Their Models is open today! Visit the exhibit in person or online to learn more about the living, breathing subjects behind great works of art. Subjects such as bodybuilder Tony Sansone, seen above holding a tough pose for Chester Beach’s sculpture Sun, Mist and Sea.
Top: Artist’s model Tony Sansone executing a handstand pose, not after 1930 / unidentified photographer.
Bottom: one of Two views of Chester Beach’s sculpture Sun, mist and sea, not before 1930 / unidentified photographer.
Both from: Chester Beach papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Saint Maurice and His Companions; Adoration of the Magi (left panel, Altarpiece)
Germany (c. 1520)
Oil on Wood, (left wing) 168 x 64 cm.
The Image of the Black in Western Art Research Project and Photo Archive, W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research, Harvard University