Born in Junction City, Kansas, and reared in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Stout settled in Washington DC and became best known for her paintings, mixed media sculptures, installations, prints, and most recently photography. Her publisher observed that she often returns to the theme of the nude self-portrait around her decade birthdays (in this image she is fifty). By using motion to create a blurred image and re-working it digitally, Stout evokes the mysticism of nineteenth-century spirit photography, which used darkroom tricks to suggest ghosts and other spiritual entities. The ambiguity of the room and the shadows on the wall add to the ethereal effect. Rather than focusing on her outward appearance, Stout depicts herself as being at the crossroads (the mythical place where the worlds of the earth and the spirit meet).
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art’s collection also includes her 1999 series Red Room at Five (Eskenazi Museum of Art 2011.266A–F).
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American, born 1958
Archival pigment print
Image: 14 ½ x 18 in. (36.2 x 45.7 cm); sheet: 16 x 20 in. (40.6 x 50.8 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Purchased with funds from the Clarence W. and Mildred Long Art Purchase Fund, 2011.267
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