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Landscape Pocket

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Bea Nettles, Landscape Pocket, 1969, toned gelatin silver print with machine stitching, Gift of the Artist, © Bea Nettles, 2011.74.37

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Title

Landscape Pocket

Artist

Bea Nettles (American, born 1946)

Date

1969

Medium

toned gelatin silver print with machine stitching

Dimensions (H x W x D)

image/sheet: 9 3/4 in x 7 7/8 in

Inscriptions & Markings

signature; date: B. Nettles 6.69, graphite, lower right; recto on mount

title: Landscape Pocket, graphite, lower left; recto on mount

Collection Area

Photography

Category

Photographs

Object Type

photograph

Culture

American

Credit Line

Gift of the Artist

Accession Number

2011.74.37

Copyright

© Bea Nettles

Terms

flowers

gelatin silver prints

photographs

Description

While working on an MFA in painting at the University of Illinois in 1969, Bea Nettles began dyeing photographic prints different colors and sewing them together. For some time she had considered the landscape a kind of clothing for the earth; treating topographic images like pieces of cloth was the logical outcome of this concept. Landscape Pocket, which consists of two machine-stitched, toned photographs, was the first photograph-as-fabric object that Nettles completed. Her unusual approach to the medium, though highly innovative, was considered outrageous at the time and she was banned by the faculty from working in the university’s darkroom.

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