Photographs by Women: Recent Additions to the permanent collection 2015
Excerpts from an interview between Museum Intern Linnea Brotz and Director Dan Mills of the Bates College Museum
DM: In Denise Froehlich's photographs, the subject's head is never present, it is cropped from the frame.
This is a deliberate and self conscious act for the photographer to do that, and she is very much aware of and making works that have a deliberate dialogue with The Gaze.
LB: She denies his potential to gaze back at us, and is absolutely placing the work in a larger art historical dialogue about the male gaze versus female gaze.
Historically, men painted female nudes for hundreds of years, and the subjects rarely made eye contact with the viewer. They were, in a sense, denied that gaze.
Froehlich think's it's important that there are more male nudes, and that this idea of the female gaze being the active gaze and not the object of the gaze, that that's really important.
DM: By eliminating the subject in her photographs head from the frame, and his ability to return the gaze, she very much has a discourse with these notions of the gaze.