UVaM - University of Virginia Art Museum

Collection

Tina Barney
American, b. 1945
Marina's Room, 1987
Ektacolor print, edition 4/10, 48 x 60 inches
Museum Purchase with Curriculum Support Funds,
1998.10

Tina Barney's large color prints translate the substantiality of painting into photography with their saturated color and psychological intrigue. Marina's Room steals a moment in the intimate life of an upper-middle class family, insulated from the outside world by frilly dresses and other accessories of childhood fantasy. However, that same insular quality of the environment, accentuated by the canopy bed as a framing device, makes us the viewer more aware of our outsider status. Lacking both the insider knowledge and external references to orient us, we cannot interpret the mysterious scene without coming up with our own fantasy.