“The worst is over without a doubt.”
May 16, 2011 7:27 AM Subscribe
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Artist Debbie Grossman
starts with Russell Lee
's Depression-era photographs of Pie Town, New Mexico, and then Photoshops the men into women
. (via)Because the images of Lee's time in Pie Town are available in high resolution form from the Library of Congress, I was able to get close to Lee's images on a pixel level. For me, working with photographs and editing them so closely in Photoshop is a kind of an intimate act. Zooming in and carving a feminine jaw out of a masculine one, or manipulating the touch of one woman's hand on another's shoulder is a way for me to access and merge my desire with figures which would have otherwise remained frozen in time.
Particularly because my work takes as its starting point a body of images that is Americana, that was made to be a political tool to encourage pride in this country and its homesteading, agrarian roots, I enjoy imagining My Pie Town working as its own kind of (lighthearted) propaganda.
The photos are at the Julie Saul Gallery
in NYC through May 21st.