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Birds at Home

Accession Number
2013/2.103

Title
Birds at Home

Artist(s)
Julie Blackmon

Object Creation Date
2007

Medium & Support
inkjet pigment print paper

Dimensions
22 in x 22 in (55.88 cm x 55.88 cm)

Credit Line
Gift from the Collection of David S. Rosen MD, MPH

Subject matter
Julie Blackmon's work addresses family life in contemporary culture. She creates fictional and autobiographical images that explore everyday life. By employing tableau and staged scenes of her own family, she blurs the lines between imagination and reality, often adding fantastical elements to everyday scenes. In "Domestic Vacations," Blackmon was inspired by the "Jan Steen household," a term referring to the unruly, rowdy households full of large families depicted in 17th century Dutch and Flemish paintings

Physical Description
A color photograph of a group of children and a cat at a table. Each child engages with something in the room, which is in an organized disarray. Egg shells fall from the table to the floor, toys are strewn about, and an infant and cat sit in the middle of the table.

Primary Object Classification
Photograph

Collection Area
Photography

Rights
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Keywords
Felis domesticus (species)
boys
children (people by age group)
dining tables
eggs (biological bodies)
girls
infants
interior views
kitchens
toys (recreational artifacts)

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