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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About Maggie Shannon

Maggie Shannon is a photographer based out of Brooklyn, NY and Martha's Vineyard, MA. She is a graduate of the School of Visual Art's 2013 MFA Photography, Video and Related Media program and received her BA in photography from Hampshire College in Amherst, MA in 2010. Maggie's work has been featured in Martha's Vineyard Magazine, the Artist Catalogue, Alice Magazine and Musee. Her work has also been shown at the Visual Arts Gallery, the Greenpoint Gallery and WORK Gallery in New York, and at the Canal Gallery in Holyoke, MA. You can also find her at Maggie Shannon Photography, and on Tumblr.

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