Janet Olivia Henry
Pam Holmes, from the series American Anatomy, 2000

36 in H x 22.75 in W
Image Notes
Archival Inkjet sheet 36 x 24 image 34 x 22 .75 ""
Catalogue Number
Current Location
NA 07

Object Specific Text

American Anatomy:

Pam Holmes

Pam left home for the first guy who plugged her and it went downhill from there. She now qualifies as a tore down formerly attractive girl. 

Pam used to have a great smile but now she tries to hide her mouth when she talks ‘cause her current pimp knocked her front teeth out. 

She heard somewhere that they could put the teeth back in so she’s been saving them. She’s also trying to put aside enough cash to pay for the procedure, but she has to be careful because that’s why she got smacked in the face in the first place.

About the Artist

Janet Olivia Henry

BirthplaceNew York, NY
CitizenshipUnited States
Cultural HeritageAfrican-American
Light Work RelationshipArtist-in-Residence, 2000
Light Work PublicationsContact Sheet 112


Janet Henry lives in Queens, New York, and participated in Light Work’s Artist-in-Residence program from August 15 to September 15, 2000.


American Anatomy is the label I’ve given to the compilation of characters I developed for my work. A few of these personas are created from whole cloth but most (unlike the disclaimer that prefaces a lot of works of fiction) are people I know or know of. They’ve become my palette either as altered dolls or in the form of toy representations of their accoutrement. 

Basically the title of this series and the term “social commentary” are interchangeable. What makes this work specifically “American Anatomy” is my very particular take on the characters and situations I place them in.

Janet Henry