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Self-Image in Cochiti Lake

Self-Image in Cochiti Lake

Artist: Anne Noggle (American, 1922 - 2005)
Subject Matter: Anne Noggle (American, 1922 - 2005)
Date: 1978
Medium: gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image: 15 1/8 × 22 1/8 in. (38.4 × 56.2 cm)
Support: 20 × 23 3/4 in. (50.8 × 60.3 cm)
Mat: 22 × 28 in. (55.9 × 71.1 cm)
Classification: Photograph
Credit Line: Gift of the Anne Noggle Foundation, 2016
Keywords and Associated Locations:
Object number: 2016.2.5
Description
In a conversation with Katherine Ware in 2016, Noggle’s friend and studio assistant Jim Holbrook said he was with the artist when she made this photograph and that he was the one to click the shutter on her camera. He said they would sometimes go sailing at the lake.
In this striking self-portrait, the artist poses as a bathing beauty in a constructed lake between Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Recovered from her face-life in 1975, she adorns herself with earrings and pearls and apparently little else. Encompassed by the darkness of the water around her, Noggle gives us no clues as to whether she is floating or drowning.
Cochiti Lake, where this photograph was taken, is a recreational lake created by an earth fill dam on the Rio Grande, built by the United States Army Corps of Engineers on the Pueblo de Cochiti Indian Reservation in Sandoval Country, New Mexico. It was completed in 1973.
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