Pride of Dixie, from the My Father series


Angela West (American, born 1971)




Dye coupler print


Image/Sight: 22 3/4 x 28 1/2 inches Mat: 32 x 40 1/16 inches


Gift of Jane and Clay Jackson

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Angela West photographs subjects from her native Dahlonega, Georgia, such as suburban southern belles or stunned prom-goers. In this series, "My Father," West captures a surreal portrait of her father going about his daily chores, such as cutting a watermelon, with an eerie sense of the unknown. The images express how the most familiar actions can often be the hardest to understand. Though her father’s gaze is often direct, his facial expression is hard to read. There is also humor in the attempt to capture this complex man. In this image—with the watermelon split open like a still life—West’s father has turned away from the camera to answer a portable telephone and has a giant butcher knife dangling at his side. “Daddy giveth and Daddy taketh away,” the image seems to smirk.

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