Artwork Detail

American, b. 1964
22 3/4 x 29 5/8 x 1 3/4 "
Gift of Kim and Bruce Olson, 2016
WU 2016.0016
Conceptual artist Sharon Lockhart’s untitled photograph depicts a pie tin heaped with clams resting on a wooden table in front of a wall of lumber planks. Lockhart dwells on texture and materiality, depicting the clam shells, the coarse wood grain of the worn table, and the planks lining the wall with exacting precision and detail. The raking light underscores the basic physicality of these simple objects while also amplifying their beauty and elevating their significance. The photograph alludes to numerous art historical precedents, particularly still-life painting and early modern realism, as well as Lockhart’s film Double Tide (2009), a poetic documentation of the work of a female clam digger in the mudflats of coastal Maine. The photograph presents the fruits of that labor, a relatively unseen and singular form of work. Both Lockhart’s image and the related film reflect the artist’s rigorous and humane practice of precisely framing the people, things, routines, and activities that give shape to our lives. [Permanent collection label, 2017]