Anna Gaskells staged photograph of adolescent girls shows a situation fraught with anxiety and fear. Unlike the literary character Alice in Wonderland, where perplexing situations have neat resolutions, Gaskells narrative photograph is unresolved. Clearly there is something dynamic taking place, something even sinister, that generates a free-floating sense of unease. It may also be a commentary on the cruelty and trauma many adolescents experience if they are excluded from a clique or perceived as different from the norm.
Measurements: height: 35.50 inches width: 29.50 inches depth: 0.50 inchesGift of the Heather and Tony Podesta Collection 2009.91.17
Currently on view at Mint Museum UPTOWN