American, b. 1966
Julie Blackmon says she believes life’s most poignant moments come from the ability to fuse fantasy and reality: to see the mythic amidst the chaos. Inspired by the Dutch proverb of a “Jan Steen household,” which describes a home in disarray, overfilled with boisterous and rowdy children, Blackmon photographs the everyday lives of her family and her sisters’ families in their homes in Springfield, Missouri. The tableaux she creates are pieced together from several shots, resulting in collages that are both tailored and precarious.
Caught in the swirl of soccer practices, play dates, work, and trying to find our way in our “make-over” culture, we must still create the space to find ourselves. The expectations of family life have never been more at odds with each other. These issues, as well as the relationship between the domestic landscape of the past and present, are issues I have explored in these photographs.
Domestic Vacations, 2008
George Eastman House, Rochester, NY
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
Photographic Center Northwest, Seattle, WA
Toledo Museum of Art
Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR
Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL
C/O Berlin, Germany
University of Arkansas at Little Rock