Teeth of the Sea

Artist’s Statement: Maggie Shannon grew up in Martha’s Vineyard, a Massachusetts island best known as a summer beach colony. Teeth of the Sea explores Islanders’ ambivalent relationship with the sea and with outsiders by focusing on the enduring memory of two historical events: the 1969 tragic drowning of Mary Jo Kopeckne, which ended the presidential hopes of Senator Edward Kennedy; and the 1975 making of Steven Spielberg’s thriller Jaws, which employed local residents as extras.

Fishing Line, 2012 / photo by Maggie Shannon
Fishing Line, 2012
Shark Fin, Monster Shark Tournament, 2012 / photo by Maggie Shannon
Shark Fin, Monster Shark Tournament, 2012
Inkwell Beach, Oak Bluffs, 2012 / photo by Maggie Shannon
Inkwell Beach, Oak Bluffs, 2012
Tooth, 2013 / photo by Maggie Shannon
Tooth, 2013
Mary Jo Kopechne, Newsweek, Aug. 4, 1968
Mary Jo Kopechne, Newsweek, Aug. 4, 1968
Edith Blake, 2013 / photo by Maggie Shannon
Edith Blake, 2013
Chum Bucket, 2013 / photo by Maggie Shannon
Chum Bucket, 2013
Ballston Beach, Truro, site of shark attack, Summer 2012 / photo by Maggie Shannoon
Ballston Beach, Truro, site of shark attack, Summer 2012
Underwater II, 2012 / photo by Maggie Shannon
Underwater II, 2012
Tiger Shark, production still from Jaws, 1974
Tiger Shark, production still from Jaws, 1974

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