ARTIST SERIES

Denny, Frances F., Edith, with a portrait of her ancestor
Edith, with a portrait of her ancestor
Denny, Frances F., Floral Patterns
Floral patterns
Denny, Frances F., My mother, Salem cemetary
My mother, Salem cemetery
Denny, Frances F., Candelabra
Candelabra
Denny, Frances F., Portrait of my grandmother, at my mother's house
Portrait of my grandmother, in my mother’s house
Denny, Frances F., Hope, in the guest bedroom
Hope, in the guest bedroom
Denny, Frances F., Carpet stains
Carpet stains
Denny, Frances F., Moving Boxes
Moving boxes
Denny, Frances F., Aunt N., before her portrait
Aunt N., before her portrait
Denny, Frances F., Jewelry
Jewelry
Denny, Frances F., House, through the trees
House, through the trees
Denny, Frances F., Lali Woods Hole
Lali, Woods Hole
Denny, Frances F., Float
Float
Denny, Frances F., My mother after her swim
My mother, after her swim
Denny, Frances F., Club girls
Club girls
Denny, Frances F., Polka dot blouse
Polka dot blouse
Denny, Frances F., Attic
Attic
Denny, Frances F., Matrilineage
Matrilineage
Denny, Frances F., Bedroom
Bedroom
Denny, Frances F., Jes, in her ancestor Louisa May Alcott's house
Jes, in her ancestor Louisa May Alcott’s house
Denny, Frances F., China pantry
China pantry
Denny, Frances F., Tablecloth
Tablecloth
Denny, Frances F., Cake
Cake
Denny, Frances F., Paternal family tree
Paternal family tree
Frances F. Denny, My mother (Thanksgiving)
My mother (Thanksgiving)
Denny, Frances F., Martha (Great Grandmother)
Martha (great-grandmother)
Denny, Frances F., Storage
Storage
Denny, Frances F., Wallpaper
Wallpaper
Denny, Frances F., Edith with the Blue Volvo
Edith, with the blue Volvo
Denny, Frances F., Walk
Walk
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Touch
Denny, Frances F., Hierarchies
Hierarchies
Denny, Frances F., Catching Up
Catching up
Denny, Frances F., Edith at home
Edith, at home
Denny, Frances F., Kitchen walls
Kitchen walls
Denny, Frances F., My mother's hands
My mother’s hands

“Let Virtue Be Your Guide” examines the artist’s family and their deeply rooted history as early settlers of New England. One ancestor, John Howland, was a deckhand aboard The Mayflower. Unearthing the idea of feminine “virtue” from the confines of its historical meaning, the photographs of the women in the artist’s family have a watchful quality, as if the artist is defining for herself what it means to be a woman. Her sitters, and the domestic spaces they inhabit, together evoke a distinct and well-worn privilege. In the photographs seams pull apart exposing the shifts occurring across generations of women. The resulting collection of images becomes a search for meaning in heritage, a challenge to the notion of legacy, and the artist’s reckoning with a traditional version of American femininity.

Photographs included in “Let Virtue Be Your Guide” were taken between 2011-2014. They were made in nine private residences located in Maine, Massachusetts, New York, and Rhode Island.

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