In everyday language “I see” often means “I understand.”   Investigating the mechanisms and implications of that colloquial idea is what I do.  The themes that run through my studies of twentieth-, twenty-first-, and occasionally early modern European and American visual culture are derived from the combination of foundational art historical questions with Foucauldean frameworks.  What is an artist’s life, how are styles related to their cultures, and how are visual ideas transmitted are reframed as power/knowledge/self constructions.  Insisting that images are as, if not more, meaningful than text and on a very broad definition of art, I ask what can be seen and why?