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Bea Nettles: Place

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Open edition
Bound volume with electrostatic prints
George Eastman Museum, Richard and Ronay Menschel Library

Nettles’s gravestone poetry points to the power of photographs as symbols of language. In her earlier works, Nettles used photographic images to convey meaning, but during this later period, she reduced her images to a small set of linguistic symbols that she uses to construct narratives. These word-based works demonstrate the nuances and absurdities of the English language.