Hellshire Beach Towel with Flies
Deana Lawson’s work straddles the staged and the spontaneous, often conflating the ways one perceives the fictions and realities that are contained within a still image. For this piece, the artist was photographing a woman at a beach shack outside Portmore, Jamaica, when her subject suddenly left the frame. Lawson captured the imprint the subject’s body left in the crumpled pink towel and the scarlet recliner, around which several flies lingered. This impromptu depiction of the body through its absence suggests the complexities of representation and the ways diaspora is embodied and experienced in the Caribbean.
Pigmented inkjet print
sheet: 35 x 44 5/8 in. (88.9 x 113.3 cm)
mount: 35 x 44 5/8 x 1/8 in. (88.9 x 113.3 x 0.3 cm)
frame: 35 3/4 × 45 1/2 × 1 3/4 in. (90.8 × 115.6 × 4.4 cm) (show scale)
Lower right verso, in graphite
Gift of the artist and Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, IL, in honor of Arnold Lehman
This item is not on view
Deana Lawson (American, born 1979). Hellshire Beach Towel with Flies, 2013. Pigmented inkjet print, sheet: 35 x 44 5/8 in. (88.9 x 113.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the artist and Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, IL, in honor of Arnold Lehman, 2015.17. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Image courtesy of the artist, CUR.2015.17_Lawson_photograph.jpg)
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