Sovereign by Jocelyn Lee
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10.375x 12.375 vertical, hardcover; 35 color images; 72 pages; $50.00
“All my pictures begin with the body, and, ideally, nakedness. The unclothed body is our primary vessel, sensual home, and gateway to the rest of the world.”
Sensual. Vibrant. Self-possessed. The women visualized here are individual, yet iconic in how Jocelyn Lee chooses to frame each one, subtly shifting focus and leading the viewer to engage subject and environment equally in the immersive scenes of her creation.
Lee’s third monograph, Sovereign, emerged out of two bodies of work (“Dark Matter” and the series and traveling exhibition “The Appearance of Things”) and a decades-long practice of what Lee refers to as a longitudinal study, portraits of people over time.
This selection of images evolved directly from Lee ‘s expression of interest in working with Minor Matters: “It's time we revolutionize the image world and flood it full of real women in real bodies, feeling sensual and wonderful in their very human skin.” The desire to accomplish this is challenged by market realities. Advertising's messaging over the last fifty years pushes women to consider how we might modify, rather than embrace, the process of aging, and most of the images surrounding us glorify youth. Lee’s luscious works of still lifes and portraits provide a new mirror, reflecting the beauty, strength, and resilience with which she sees the world.
Jocelyn Lee (b. 1962, Naples, Italy; resides in Maine) received her BA in philosophy and visual arts from Yale University, and her MFA in photography from Hunter College. She taught at the Maine College of Art from 1993–2001, and Princeton University from 2003–2012. A 2001 Guggenheim Fellow, she is also the recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Fellowship, among others, and is the author of two previous monographs: Nowhere but Here (Steidl, 2010) and The Youngest Parents (DoubleTake, 1996).
Lee has been published in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, New York magazine, Real Simple, Allegra (The Netherlands), DoubleTake, Harpers and others; her works are in numerous public and private collections, including Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, France; The List Center at MIT, Cambridge, MA; The Museum Fokwang, Essen, Germany; The Portland Museum of Art; Portland, ME; The Nelson Atkins Museum, Kansas City, MO; The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, NC; and The Museum of Fine Arts Houston.
She is represented by Pace MacGill Gallery in New York, Huxley-Parlour Gallery in London, and Flatland Gallery in Amsterdam.