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Ominous Prophecy

Ominous Prophecy

Artist: Kathleen Campbell (American)
Date: 1989
Medium: Dye diffusion transfer print (Polaroid)
Dimensions:
(a) Left Panel: 60 × 48 × 1 in. (152.4 × 121.9 × 2.5 cm)
(b) Center Panel: 60 × 32 × 1 in. (152.4 × 81.3 × 2.5 cm)
(c) Right Panel: 60 × 48 × 1 in. (152.4 × 121.9 × 2.5 cm)
Classification: Photograph
Credit Line: Gift of Kathleen Campbell, 2018
Keywords and Associated Locations:
Object number: 2018.19a-c
Description
In her triptych, (three panels that create one work of art), "Ominous Prophecy", Campbell uses figures from Christianity and art, (Archangel Michael, Madonna, Eve), to warn of the future that awaits us if we fail to control our destructive human impulses.
This set of images was taken in 1989, when Polaroid’s large-format 20 × 24-inch instant camera traveled to Albuquerque to be used by local artists. Here, Campbell poses her subjects based on painted compositions by Piero della Francesca, Jan van Eyck, and Michelangelo. The scale, media, and composite composition were, for the time, a challenge to the traditional restrictions placed on subject matter and presentation format for photography.
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