Light Work Annual 2012: Jen Davis

Untitled No. 16, 2005, Jen Davis

…Davis, over and over again, suspends time, makes the presence of the camera disappear, and leaves us with her variously charged observations of one individual momentarily alone with herself in the world. The mundane is here raised to the level of various small dramas. We are reminded in looking at these pictures of how the physical presence of this one woman looking intently at herself mirrors the ways in which so many women look at themselves and see not the photoshopped representations of commercial culture, but something more dimensional, complex, and far more engaging.

– Dawoud Bey, artist and writer

Read the rest of the essay in Contact Sheet 167: The Light Work Annual 2012.

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