Millee Tibbs

June 2, 2011 - July 3, 2011

October 1980, 2007
2007
Ink jet prints
3.5 x 4 inches each

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Millee swinging on a vine at Joe Wheeler State Park 7-30-78, 2007
2007
Ink jet prints
3.5 x 4 inches each

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Millee lying on her back 1979, 2006
2006
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3.5 x 4 inches each

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Spring Program 1982, 2007
2007
Ink jet prints
3.5 x 4 inches each

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Millee talking to Daddy WPB 1979, 2007
2007
Ink jet prints
3.5 x 4 inches each

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Oct. 1981 E, 2006
2006
Ink jet prints
3.5 x 4 inches each

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3-2-83, 2007
2007
Ink jet prints
3.5 x 4 inches each

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Millee doesn't know if it's winter or summer 1979, 2007
2007
Ink jet prints
3.5 x 4 inches each

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Millee I 80, 2006
2006
Ink jet prints
3.5 x 4 inches each

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August 1981, 2006
2006
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3.5 x 4 inches each

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Millee - Jan 1980, 2006
2006
Ink jet prints
3.5 x 4 inches each

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Bear, Tyro, Miss Sarah, S----, A----, Millee & B---- 4-23-81, 2007
2007
Ink jet prints
3.5 x 4 inches each

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Polly/Me
2010
Ink jet print
3.25 x 4.25 inches

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Shannon/Me
2010
Ink jet print
3.25 x 4.25 inches

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Michael/Me
2010
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3.25 x 4.25 inches

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Meghan/Me
2010
Ink jet print
3.25 x 4.25 inches

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Kathryn/Me
2010
Ink jet print
3.25 x 4.25 inches

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Lars/Me
2010
Ink jet print
3.25 x 4.25 inches

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Amy/Me
2010
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3.25 x 4.25 inches

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Ann/Me
2010
Ink jet print
3.25 x 4.25 inches

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Jessica/Me
2010
Ink jet print
3.25 x 4.25 inches

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Millee Tibbs

This is a Picture of Me

Artist Millee Tibbs has a deep interest in the complex relationship between physical appearance and personal identity, between what we see and what we know. Through three distinct yet related conceptual projects, Tibbs explores photography’s role in this relationship, noting its “duplicitous existence as both an indexical representation of reality and a subjective construction of it.”

In “Self-Portraits,” a group of what appear to be straightforward black-and-white landscapes, Tibbs provides the viewer with captions that contradict our visual understanding of what exactly is being portrayed. “Do You Look Like Me?” is a series where shepairs pictures of herself with passport-style instant photos of individuals who think that they resemble the artist, making a visual archive of Millee Tibbs doppelgängers. And finally, in “This is a Picture of Me,” Tibbs reenacts poses she made for childhood snapshots, and creates new composite images of her adult self in the original scenes, evoking the impossibility of going back to childhood and questioning the desire to do so.

Millee Tibbs was born in Huntsville, Alabama, and lived in Spain and the Dominican Republic before moving to Providence, Rhode Island, where she currently resides. She holds an MFA in photography from the Rhode Island School of Design and a BA in studio art and Hispanic studies from Vassar College. Tibbs has exhibited nationally and internationally at venues including Notre Dame University, Indiana; 55 Mercer Gallery and Winkeman/Plus Ultra Gallery, both in New York City; David Winton Bell Gallery at Brown University, Rhode Island; Paul Robeson Gallery at Rutgers University, New Jersey; and at both the Museum of Modern Art and Spanish Cultural Center in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Her work is currently held in the Pierogi 2000, Brooklyn flat file and is a part of the online database at the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum. Tibbs teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design.