The Dutch proverb “a Jan Steen household” originated in the 17th century and is used today to refer to a home in disarray, full of rowdy children and boisterous family gatherings. The paintings of Steen, along with those of other Dutch and Flemish genre painters, helped inspire this body of work. I am the oldest of nine children and now the mother of three. As Steen’s personal narratives of family life depicted nearly 400 yrs. ago, the conflation of art and life is an area I have explored in photographing the everyday life of my family and the lives of my sisters and their families at home. These images are both fictional and auto-biographical, and reflect not only our lives today and as children growing up in a large family, but also move beyond the documentary to explore the fantastic elements of our everyday lives, both imagined and real…
– Julie Blackmon
Julie Blackmon’s work has been collected by the Microsoft Corporation, Redmond, WA; George Eastman House, NY; Musée Français de la Photographie; Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City; Toledo Museum of Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR; C/O Berlin, Germany; Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Photographic Center Northwest, Seattle; and the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago. In 2006 Julie received 1st place awards from the Santa Fe Center for Photography Project Commission and Photospiva, and was the 2006 Critical Mass Book Award winner. Julie Blackmon lives in Springfield, Missouri.
Her monograph, Domestic Vacations, published by Radius Books (2008) is now sold out.