Details

Title

Mistletoe, from the My Father series

Artist/Maker

Angela West (American, born 1971)

Date

2000

Medium

Dye destruction print

Dimensions

50 1/2 × 40 9/16 inches

Credit

Purchase with funds from H. B. and Doris Massey Charitable Trust and Charlotte Dixon

Accession #

2006.179

On View

Currently not on view

In this series, Angela West returns to her home in Dahlonega, Georgia, to explore her roots and relationship with her father. In carefully staged and wryly humorous scenes, she presents her father as he goes about his daily rituals. She photographs him at a distance, portraying him as a stranger. Here, the odd tension between his elegant attire and somewhat threatening pose with a gun aimed skyward is dispelled by the title—he is shooting down a sprig of mistletoe for the holidays. West’s work suggests that a study of the most familiar things can offer new insight into both the subject and its relationship to the self.