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Jeanette May

Jeanette May

Still Life with Clock Radio, 2022

11 x 8½" Archival pigment print
9 x 6½" Image size

Edition of 22

Each print includes a certificate of authenticity, numbered and hand-signed by the artist.

  • About the Image

    Still Life with Clock Radio playfully winks at 17th Century Dutch vanitas paintings. My background in painting and photography inspired an interest in still lifes and a working method of staged scenes. I began photographing vintage technology out of concern for recycling, waste, and designed obsolescence. My still life photographs also reveal a fascination with industrial design, scientific ingenuity, and flea markets. I borrow, rent, and occasionally purchase the props. They span decades from vintage film cameras to electric candles. All of my still lifes examine the present and the past of technology without easy answers but rather, like the Dutch vanitas, with a sense of wonder and trepidation.
  • Artist Bio

    Jeanette May is a photo-based artist using a critical, sometimes playful, approach to investigate representation. Early training as a painter is evident in her carefully arranged compositions and rich color palette. May’s photographs are constructed, staged, lit, and carefully considered. Her recent still life projects embrace technology, design, and obsolescence. May received her MFA in Photography from CalArts and her BFA in Painting from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She has been awarded grants, fellowships, and residencies from the NEA Regional Artists’ Projects Fund, Brooklyn Arts Council, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Illinois Arts Council, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, and Ms. Foundation. Her work is exhibited in galleries and museums internationally, including New York City, Washington, DC, Chicago, Los Angeles, Toronto, Milan, Athens, Barcelona, and Shanghai. May lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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