Untitled (Melissa's Hand and Thorns)

Untitled (Melissa's Hand and Thorns)


Christopher Pekoc

(American, 1941-)

Gelatin silver print, gold foil, paper, and thread

Image: 66.1 x 63.8 cm (26 x 25 1/8 in.)

Herbert Ascherman, Jr., May Show Purchase Award for Photography, 1990 1989.395



A draftsman and painter, Christopher Pekoc has been making collages since 1988. Photographs from his large inventory of images are cut, folded, scratched, drawn on, and perforated. Using a sewing machine, he stitches these together with materials such as coated paper, foil, and color photocopies. Many of the photographs Pekoc incorporates into his collages depict friends and acquaintances whose physical appearances intrigue him. In this mysterious, psychologically charged work, the artist uses images of thorns and a cut-and-sewn photograph of a solitary arm and hand (a favorite motif) to suggest human vulnerability.

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