Wood River Blue Pool
by Jo Ann Walters with text by Laura Wexler
10.75 x 11.25 in., clothbound
foil-stamped, 120 pp.
Design by Elana Schlenker
Image Text Ithaca Press, 2018
Walters’ photographs focus on her portraits of white women in the 1980s and 1990s, while the two newly-commissioned texts explore radically different, but profoundly compatible, responses to the artist, her work, and the history of her Mississippi River hometown.
The portraits of women, girls and families in Wood River Blue Pool were made in and around the artist’s hometown of Alton, and similar milieu stretching from Minnesota to Mississippi. Centered in the late 1980s and 1990s, but sprawling from 1984 to 2016, these astonishingly intimate and allegorically laden images attempt to “break through an ancient and nearly impenetrable surface of vanity and to seek out the small cracks, the holes and whorled places that hold our pain, our sadness and our beauty.” A remarkable essay by Laura Wexler places Walters’ photographs in dramatic dialogue with the history of racist violence that undergirds the social landscape of these subjects’ lives.
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