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Gael and Rachel

Gael and Rachel

Artist: Judy Dater (American, born 1941)
Date: 1971
Medium: gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image: 11 11/16 x 8 15/16 in. (29.7 x 22.7 cm)
Support: 11 11/16 x 8 15/16 in. (29.7 x 22.7 cm)
Mat: 20 x 16 in. (50.8 x 40.6 cm)
Mat (Secondary): 22 x 18 in. (55.9 x 45.7 cm)
Classification: Photograph
Credit Line: Jane Reese Williams Collection, Gift of Cindy Ewing, 2012
Keywords and Associated Locations:
Object number: 2012.16.3
Description
Always interested in the stories the human face can tell (and conceal), Dater’s portraits are often personal as well as theatrical. The woman and girl in this picture, whose expressions don’t reveal much, were probably friends or neighbors of the artist. Dater poses them in front of a muscular tangle of tree branches that nearly overwhelms the picture and adds a note of tension and darkness. The child’s disembodied head -- swathed in fabric and cradled in the hands of the woman beside her – adds another unsettling and mysterious element to this double portrait.
Not on view