Lot 28
Trisha Holt

Orange (twice)

Archival Pigment Print
32 x 42 inches
Signed sticker on verso
Edition of 5 and 2 Artist's Proofs
Donated by the artist

Trisha Holt’s photographs look to the traditions of still life, domestic interiors and portraiture, yet, she is also adamant about cleverly disrupting her compositions. Holt rephotographs her own images, then reinserts the photograph into a new, yet similar image. In Orange (twice) a woman squeezes an orange onto her legs, while cut-out photographs of the orange and her legs sit on top of their counterparts. The result places the image somewhere between our world and one beyond our grasp. Holt received her MFA from the Photography at Cranbrook Academy of Art and is a Professor at Siena Heights University.

Community Perspective

"At the center of Trisha Holt’s work Orange (twice) are two subjects which recur frequently throughout the history of art: the sitting body of a woman and a ripe fruit plucked from the bowl. In this piece, the artist deconstructs these well-known motifs, transforming the familiar into something strange and new. The triple-blink of the camera eye turns the scene into an undone jigsaw puzzle, enticing the viewer to look again, closer and deeper this time.What I admire most about Holt’s work the sense of playfulness and mystery which radiate from her photographs: the press of a cheeky thumb into the center of a fleshy, soft orange; the play of light and shadow on the woman’s body, cast from somewhere just beyond the frame; and the way that Holt reproduces and then carefully disrupts the gaze of the viewer, her photographs making us question our own eyes." - Emi Finkelstein, curator, writer, Phd Candidate in the History of Art, University of Pittsburgh

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