Tina Barney (b. United States, 1945)
Jill and the TV (#4754), 1989
48 x 60 in.
Gift of David A. and Helaine Dorsky, 2004.036
Tina Barney refers to this photograph as one of “the most frightening pictures I’ve ever taken.” Barney’s sister, Jill, is caught mid-sentence, looking beyond the frame. The tense and anxious posture appears against a large television in the background, suggesting the dissolution of her body into the screen. The magenta and yellow dyes have faded over time, which both dates the work and enhances its feeling of apprehension.