Monday, May 17, 2010

My Impression of Things is Myself

Catherine Opie's song to Herself

Catherine Opie, "Self-Portrait/Cutting," 1993

Catherine Opie, "Self-portrait/Pervert," 1994

Catherine Opie, "Self-portrait/Nursing," 2003

The world cracks open like an egg every day -- more and more of it is visible to me all the time. I missed this work altogether for years. I looked at it, underestimated what it was, and insisted on my impression. And now it's knocking me out. 

As Jen Graves points out in Art News, in "Self-portrait/Cutting" the house is bleeding.

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