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Claire Peckham

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About the authors

Claire Peckham is a writer and artist from Seattle, USA. Claire completed her MFA in Fine Art at the University of Oxford in 2018, where she focused on writing in the context of contemporary art, and negative space. Her work has been exhibited and published widely, including in the 4Culture and Jacob Lawrence galleries, Blind Glass magazine, Bricolage Literary & Visual Arts Journal, and Art Review Oxford. Claire currently lives and works in London.

Claire’s photograph from Florence, and her series from London (along with her other work), can be seen on her website: www.clairepeckham.com

claire.peckham@gmail.com

Publication details

Volume 40, May 2019

Medium of disappearance: an essay about self-portraiture and absence in 21 letters


Abstract

When Claire Peckham began taking photographs, she took only self-portraits. At some point between then and now, she shifted from being a self-portrait photographer to a photographer who was almost never photographed. This cross-genre essay blends autobiography, literary and visual arts criticism to follow that journey, contextualized by three narrative threads that interweave throughout: the life and works of Francesca Woodman, the staging history and language of Macbeth, and the gendered politics of letter writing.

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