Photographs by Julie Blackmon. Essay by Regina Hackett. Interview by Alison Nordstrom.
Radius Books, Santa Fe, 2008. 96 pp., 40 color illustrations, 11x11".
The Dutch saying, “a Jan Steen household,” originated in the
seventeenth century and has come to refer to a home in disarray,
full of rowdy children and boisterous family gatherings. The
paintings of Steen, along with those of other Dutch and Flemish
genre painters, are the direct inspiration behind the layered
domestic scenes of Julie Blackmon’s photographic work. Raised
as the oldest of nine children, and the mother of three herself,
Blackmon takes an approach to her work that is at once
autobiographical and fictional. According to Anne Wilkes Tucker
of The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Blackmon has “taken a
subject that is ripe for cliché—mother photographing children—
and through the subtle, digital manipulations, the use of color
and highly graphic images, she’s given it humor and edge and
taken the subject somewhere fresh.
About the limited Edition:
The deluxe edition of Domestic Vacations is limited to
60 copies, which comes with your choice of one of two
signed and numbered archival digital pigment print in
editions limited to 30 each, and presented with a copy
of the book in a clamshell box. The clamshell and print
measure 14 x 14 inches.
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Julie Blackmon is represented by photo-eye Gallery. See her work here.