Vertical Motion Down, Medium
American, born 1940
Across drawing, painting, and photography, conceptual artist Blythe Bohnen explores the relationship between gesture, bodily movement, and mark making. In this series of self-portraits, Bohnen performed small head movements in front of the camera and used an extended exposure time to create blurred, overlapping images that transform her face into haunting, evanescent layers. In the process, she destabilizes the conventional relationship between portraiture, photography, and identity.