Work of Art: Edenton
Elizabeth Matheson
born 1942
Silver print on paper
9 5/8 x 12 1/4 in. (24.4 x 31.1 cm)
Purchased with funds from the Jessie N. Howell Memorial Fund

Elizabeth Matheson searches for places where “something seems about to happen.” She often selects spaces where no people are visible but traces of their existence are. This second-story porch overlooks the expansive waterfront of one of the oldest towns in North Carolina, Edenton. The house can be imagined to have hosted varied events in many lives during its approximately 230-year history. Edenton, settled on a bay opening onto Albemarle Sound, once served as the busy capital of North Carolina. Matheson’s composition emphasizes patterns of lines and angles.

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