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Winged Ones

Accession Number
2016/2.192

Title
Winged Ones

Artist(s)
Joanne Leonard

Object Creation Date
1987

Medium & Support
gelatin silver print on paper

Dimensions
20 in x 23 3/4 in (50.8 cm x 60.33 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of the artist

Label copy
Windows feature prominently in Joanne Leonard's and Rita Bernstein's insightful views of childhood within the home. In Winged Ones, Leonard bridged reality and fantasy by including actual bugs and insect wings in the darkroom enlarger as she printed this portrait of her daughter. Her photograph uses the frame of the window and the frame of the film negative as physical and metaphorical barriers beyond which the young girl cannot see.

In Bernstein's Michaela and Collin, the window frames a scene of play between a young girl and boy. The serene expression on Michaela's face as she gazes out the window contrasts with the efforts of the archer, Collin, behind her. Although the seemingly unaware Michaela may not be Collin's target, the proximity of his suction-cup arrow to her head lends tension to an otherwise mundane scene of domestic life. In Joanna, Age 15, the window is again used to create a note of drama in a quiet scene as a light filled window provides the backdrop for an ethereal portrait of the teenager.

Physical Description
Black and white image of a child looking out a window with white wings superimposed on her back and a white insect watching her. 

Primary Object Classification
Photograph

Collection Area
Photography

Rights
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