Form and Resonance
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Form and Resonance

The Faces of the Accused and the Dead

Two artists use archival mugshots to radically different ends

Dan Paz, “In 2020 I purchased and downloaded one of my father’s mugshots from a third-party criminal-search website for $29.99. My father died in 2009.” Photogravure print on hand-made paper. 20 x 24 in. Commissioned for Lux Aeterna, Jacob Lawrence Gallery, Seattle WA. Curated by Emily Zimmerman.

In 2020, the artist Dan Paz purchased and downloaded a mugshot of their deceased father from a third-party criminal-search website for $29.99. They then transferred this photograph onto a copper plate using an antiquated process known as photogravure. Using a scraper and burnisher, the artist obscured their father’s face from the plate…

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Emily Pothast

Emily Pothast

Artist and historian. PhD student researching religion, material culture, media, and politics. Bylines at The Wire Magazine, Art in America + more.

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