"May Flowers from May Days Long Forgotten" (2002)

"May Flowers from May Days Long Forgotten," 2002
C-print, 34 inches diameter
© Carrie Mae Weems
Courtesy Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

"There’s a wonderful book, In Praise of Shadows, by Jun’ichiro Tanizaki, that has to do with the way in which light is culturally used. For the Japanese and the Chinese, the way a shaft of light falls to illuminate the pot that’s sitting on the table is one sort of aesthetic dimension and idea. On the other hand, there is that German, Brechtian sort of idea where that light is so brilliant, bright, hard, and brash that nothing can hide from it."

-Carrie Mae Weems