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Nettles, Bea (1946)

When Bea Nettles first began producing photography, she experimented superimposed images and double exposures in a lively and romantic alternative pictures that nonetheless questioned serious matters such as gender, media and consumption while they also explored the limits of the medium.

More recently, the American photographer has privileged simpler images such as Polaroid prints as Bea Nettles wanted to shift ‘from alternative photographic techniques because of content. It got so serious that I didn’t need surface embellishments.’ Experimental or more natural, her work has always distilled an autobiographical ambience, depicting family life, featuring metaphoric and mythical observations of domesticity and motherhood. Her creation mingles personal images with greater social and cultural arguments and thus interweaves imagination, conceptualization and consciousness. 

Bea Nettles, Bridge of Sighs, date unknown
Bea Nettles, Bridge of Sighs, date unknown
Bea Nettles, Cordoba, date unknown
Bea Nettles, Cordoba, date unknown
Bea Nettles, Dance, date unknown
Bea Nettles, Dance, date unknown
Bea Nettles, Dock, date unknown
Bea Nettles, Dock, date unknown
Bea Nettles, Floating Fish Fantasy, 1976
Bea Nettles, Floating Fish Fantasy, 1976
Bea Nettles, Goldfish, date unknown
Bea Nettles, Goldfish, date unknown
Bea Nettles, Gondola, date unknown
Bea Nettles, Gondola, date unknown
Bea Nettles, Nice Pasture II, 1970
Bea Nettles, Nice Pasture II, 1970
Bea Nettles, The Blue Whale, 1970
Bea Nettles, The Blue Whale, 1970
Bea Nettles, The Queen of Pentacles, Self-portrait, 1970
Bea Nettles, The Queen of Pentacles, Self-portrait, 1970
Bea Nettles, Mirror, date unknown
Bea Nettles, Mirror, date unknown
Bea Nettles, Moon, from series Tarot, 1975
Bea Nettles, Moon, from series Tarot, 1975
Bea Nettles, Ringling, date unknown
Bea Nettles, Ringling, date unknown
Bea Nettles, Dream Series... II, 1969
Bea Nettles, Dream Series... II, 1969
Bea Nettles, Star, from series Tarot, 1975
Bea Nettles, Star, from series Tarot, 1975
Bea Nettles, Tower, from series Tarot, 1975
Bea Nettles, Tower, from series Tarot, 1975
Bea Nettles, World, from the series Tarot, 1975
Bea Nettles, World, from the series Tarot, 1975
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