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Paw

A work made of chromogenic print; edition 4/5.
© 2003 Moyra Davey.

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  • A work made of chromogenic print; edition 4/5.

Date:

2003

Artist:

Moyra Davey
Canadian, born 1958

About this artwork

A photographer, filmmaker, and writer, Moyra Davey eschews grandiosity of scale or subject in order to train her eye on modest views of domestic life. To her, the quiet, overlooked corners of home hold great meaning, as spaces where neglected objects go through almost imperceptible cycles of change. Dust exerts a particular fascination on Davey—dead matter that circulates as a quotidian nuisance and can never be fully eradicated. Here, Davey used a narrow depth of field to render only a sliver of a dog’s paw in sharp focus, drawing even closer attention to the tangle of dust and human hair trapped underneath the dog’s claws. Dust has accumulated slowly, undetected, and in this moment is suddenly transported into view by the movement of everyday life.

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Artist

Moyra Davey

Title

Paw

Origin

Canada

Date

Made 2003

Medium

Chromogenic print; edition 4/5

Dimensions

48.4 × 38.3 cm (image); 61 × 50.7 cm (paper)

Credit Line

Photography Associates Fund

Reference Number

2013.12

Copyright

© 2003 Moyra Davey.

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