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Artist: Jen Davis, American, born 1978, M.F.A. 2008

Steve and I, from the series Eleven Years


Pigmented inkjet print

image: 45 × 55.9 cm (17 11/16 × 22 in.)
sheet: 50.8 × 60.9 cm (20 × 24 in.)
Gift of Lee Marks and John C. DePrez, Jr., in honor of Richard Benson

Jen Davis’s Steve and I is an image strained with longing. The female subject, the photographer herself, sits wrapped in a blanket at the end of the bed, which is shared by Steve, posing as her lover for the photograph. Davis began making self-portraits in 2002 in an effort to understand how other people saw her and continued to document herself until 2013 in a series that she eventually titled Eleven Years. This particular work represents a turning point in the series, as she shifted the focus of her self-portraits to the notions of desire and intimacy.

21st century
Works on Paper - Photographs

The artist


Lisa Hodermarsky et al., On the Basis of Art: 150 Years of Women at Yale, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2021), 298–99, no. 76, fig. 1.

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