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© Joni Sternbach
99.09.18 #11, from the series "Ocean Details"
American, born 1953
image (irregular): 4 11/16 x 6 3/4 in. (11.9 x 17.1 cm)
sheet (irregular): 9 3/4 x 11 5/8 in. (24.8 x 29.5 cm)
Gift of the artist
New York, United States
Long Island Sound, New York, United States
: Not On View
The vast sea appears small in scale in this image taken off of Long Island Sound. The shore and horizon line are not visible, allowing the surface of the water to fill the entire composition. We are left to meditate on the textural patterns created by the interplay of light and shadow on the cresting and falling waves. These patterns are softly rendered in platinum photographic emulsion that has been hand-brushed onto watercolor paper.
According to Joni Sternbach, the work is as much about the process of making as it is about the end result. "I am often compelled to photograph in adverse weather conditions, eradicating most of the typical seascape information, leaving either faint echoes of memory or turbulent disturbances of emotion."
on verso, l.r., in graphite: Joni Sternbach
1999 - 2004
Joni Sternbach, Brooklyn, NY
Saint Louis Art Museum, given by the artist 
 Deed of Gift dated December 24, 2004 [SLAM document files]. Minutes of the Collections Committee of the Board of Trustees, Saint Louis Art Museum, March 8, 2005.
Two Bodies, Six Hands
Artfit Exhibition Space
Recent Landscape Photography: The Intimate and the Sublime
May 26, 2006–September 17, 2006
Saint Louis Art Museum
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