What is the relationship between a work of art, its place within a museum, and the viewers (including guards) who share that space for a period of time? Taken within a variety of museums – the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Yale Art Gallery, the National Gallery of Art, the Croker Gallery, the Musee des Beaux-arts de Rouen, the Scottish National Galleries among them – these photos explore the notion that what ultimately gives coherence to any work of art is the frame. A number of the photographs pre-occupy themselves with the frames – including doorways and windows – that are present within the space of a museum and organize its aesthetic meaning. In the portfolio I explore the implicit "dialogue" established between framed visual images and unframed works of sculpture, as well as that between photographically "frozen" humans and statuary.
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