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152 x 102 cm (60 x 40 in.)
Paul Anthony Smith
(St. Ann's Bay, Jamaica, 1988 - )
Latin America, Jamaican
Medium and Support:
Unique picotage on pigment print
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Gift of Zieher Smith, 2016
Since 2012, Paul Anthony Smith has been making “picotage” photographs, borrowing from an 18th-century French technique used to create intricately patterned textiles. Using a ceramic tool to pick away at the surface of his images, Smith applies this technique to create triangle- and diamond-shaped patterns over photographs he has taken on trips back to Jamaica, where he was born, in neighborhoods he refers to as “non-tourist locations.” Many of Smith’s photos are black-and-white or a shade of blue, a decision that connects them to memory and distances them from conventional tourist depictions of the Caribbean as a colorful place.