Heirs Come to Pass, 3
1991 Martina Lopez Born: Seattle, Washington 1952 silver dye bleach print made from digitally assisted montage sheet, image and mount: 30 x 50 in. (76.2 x 127.0 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the Consolidated Natural Gas Company Foundation © 1998, Martina Lopez 1998.85 Not currently on view
Most families assemble photo albums—scrapbooks brimming with the faces of relatives dimly remembered, photographs of parents looking younger than we ever knew them, or images of ourselves as children—that create a loosely assembled history. Rather than drawing on her own family’s past, however, Martina Lopez collaged pictures of anonymous individuals she found in second-hand stores into digitally created tableaux that are at once familiar and haunting. Charged with implied narratives that we can never completely understand, her images resonate with our own experiences to remind us of the complicated patterns of our lives.
Close to Home: Photographers and their Families, 2011
Allegory - life - family
photography - photoprint
composite - fome-cor
silver dye bleach