Girls Sunbathing, from the Domestic Rituals series

Mary Frey (American, b. 1948)
MediumGelatin silver print
Dimensions13 3/4 × 17 3/4 inches
CreditGift of the artist, 1984
© Mary Frey
Accession Number84.22

The horizontal lines in Mary Frey’s composition underscore the relaxed bliss of the young women sunbathing, while the diagonals formed by bent limbs and towel stripes lend dynamism to the geometry of the composition. In her Domestic Rituals series, Frey painstakingly arranged models to create scenes of everyday activities, from idle moments to household chores, as part of her quest to understand the role fiction plays in visualizing real life.


Express your creativity with a hands-on Museum from Home art activity using materials found in your home. Tell a story through photographs inspired by Mary Frey’s Girls Sunbathing.
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