Vessel

1993
Olivia Parker (American, born in 1941)


Dimensions

Sheet: 50.5 x 43.2 cm (19 7/8 x 17 in.) Frame: 63.5 x 54 cm (25 x 21 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

1993.714

Medium or Technique

Photograph, gelatin silver print

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Contemporary Art, Photography

Classifications

Photographs

Olivia Parker’s photographs question the supposed objectivity of the medium. She organizes juxtapositions of the real that lead us into fantasy worlds. Vessel is the simplest of constructions: a beautiful bottle filled with water and photographed in strong, natural light. The large scale of the print reveals a world within the bottle, both real and illusory. Tiny air bubbles punctuate the watery atmosphere, and shadows cast by the decorative bottleneck swirl about like lissome fish. But equally present is the reflection of a vaulted room whose windows look out onto surrounding trees. The bottle itself has no context. Floating against a black background, it is removed from reality, and its contents become an otherworldly message within a crystal ball.

Inscription

Edition: 3/30.

Provenance

Mrs. George R. Rowland, Sr., Boston, MA; gift November 1993.

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. George R. Rowland, Sr.

Copyright

Olivia Parker © 1993