Collection Artwork
Roger Mertin (Bridgeport, Connecticut, 1942 – 2001, Rochester, New York)
Karen with Lyndon, Richmond, Virginia
1988
chromogenic print
paper size: 24 x 20 in.
image size: 22 x 17 1/2 in.
Gift of Linda Hellmich Brink, Class of 1964, in honor of Christina Hellmich
photographed in Richmond, Virginia, United States, North America
2004.3

Object Label

Karen, with her baby Lyndon outside of her home, insisted on wearing lipstick before Roger Mertin photographed them. How do our perceptions of a sitter change if we are aware of their agency, or lack thereof, in their own depictions?

From the exhibition: Where Words Falter: Art and Empathy (July 9 – December 18, 2022)

Ongoing Research

Research on our collection is ongoing. If you have resources you’d like to share, please contact Associate Curator Rebecca McNamara.
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