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"Kate Breakey: Small Deaths"
2004-08-14 until 2004-10-03
Tucson Museum of Art
In Small Deaths, opened August 14, Directions Series artist, Kate Breakey poetically presents a silent reverie for the beauty found in the precious animals and flowers of the desert. Breakey photographs flowers, birds, lizards, rabbits and other animals that have met an untimely death. She finds these subjects in her own environment at the base of the Tucson Mountains, discovered on walks about the desert, or given by friends.
Posing her subjects in the manner of an Old Master portrait, she then painstakingly paints her photographs in several layers of oils and colored pencils to bring out the details and colors of sensuous petals, brilliant plumage, reptilian skin, and lush pelts. Often her images include Latin and English script at the bottom that classifies the species, acting as epitaphs to their memory. Breakey is not glorifying the deaths of these living things, but in her careful rendering, she memorializes their lives, raising their lifeless bodies to one of beauty and dignity. Small Deaths will continue through October 3, 2004 in the Cauthorn Berger-Hanft Gallery.