photo by Julie Blackmon
Jan Steen was a Dutch painter in the 17th century. He painted chaotic domestic scenes that led to the development of a proverb called the "Jan Steen Household". A Jan Steen Household is one that is disorderly and messy. During his lifetime, he painted about 800 paintings, but less than half of them survive today.
Julie Blackmon is a photographer who is inspired by the concept of a Jan Steen Household. The images she takes is somewhat autobiographical, as they're mostly images of her family and extended family. Blackmon's artist statement creates a cause for finding identity in today's world, something that wasn't as important in Steen's time.