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Untitled (D9820)

21st Century
9 x 11 in. (23 x 28 cm)

Jonathan Velazquez, American, b. early 21st-century

Creation Place: North America, United States, California
Medium and Support: Marker on found book page
Credit Line: Museum Purchase, Selected by Olivia Olson-Roberts, Susan Prier, Mollie Schottstaedt, and Jenny Varner, students in the Mills College Fall 2021 Museum Studies Workshop
Accession Number: 2021.3.10
Jonathan Velazquez is a multidisciplinary artist working at the NIAD Art Center who expresses himself through performance, sculpture, and works on paper. Much of his art is playful and colorful and often features portraits of the NIAD staff in marker with a recurring motif of hearts on their chests. This piece is atypical of Velazquez’s work because it is created with a détournement technique in which the artist uses found photographs to create new meaning. These images are taken from photographer Sally Mann’s book that featured images of her three children growing up in the late 1980s. Velazquez’s addition of red bodysuits and lipstick on these girls expands on what was originally a personal glimpse into the childhoods of Mann’s young children, and highlights complex issues of projected femininity during childhood.

--Mollie Schottstaedt, January 2022

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