L'Origine du Monde

Permanent Collection

The photographs of Permanent Collection are phenomenological, relishing in the materiality of the paint and the history and labor embedded in the canvas. Made in American and European museums, they are photographed from oblique angles so light from existing museum sources changes the often-reproduced meaning of these works, adding light to familiar narratives, and blotting out anticipated images. In a move unfamiliar to photography, the light in these pictures is often used to obscure, as well as to illumine. The light, more than a way to describe, is part of the picture's content.