Texas State University
San Marcos, TX 78666
8:00 a.m. Thursday, April 4, 2013
The Wittliff Collections / Alkek Library
Las Sombras/The Shadows features new work Australian native Kate Breakey created after moving to Arizona in 1999. Making pictures without a camera like William Henry Fox Talbot and Anna Atkins in the 19th century, Breakey also shares their affinity for recording the natural world in scientific detail as well as with artistic beauty. Her contact prints - known as photograms - have the sepia-toned look of Victorian images, yet their sensibility is distinctly modern. Luminous coyotes and whipsnakes, mice, rabbits, quail, cactus, moths and scorpions are imbued with her affection for the flora and fauna that inhabit the American Southwest, which is now her home. As she says, "The natural world is full of wondrous things to look at and to chronicle and catalogue. In my own way, I have devoted myself to that end." Over 200 photograms, donated to the Wittliff Collections by the artist, are on display, along with images from her newest series, Creatures of Light and Darkness. Las Sombras/The Shadows celebrates the next volume in the Wittliff's Southwestern & Mexican Photography book series with the University of Texas Press (October 2012).
Exhibition hours vary; please check the website or call ahead for hours. Free