Anne Rowland, Tree at Sunset, 2009, archival pigment print
April 9 – June 4, 2011
Saturday, April 9, from 6:30 - 8:30pm
That tomato in your salad did not appear immaculately. Every agricultural product cultivated through hard work and good luck is a grand victory that also negatively impacts the environment. For those of us sensitive to the natural environment, there is a kind of sadness that accompanies any appraisal of farmland. Yet in those open pastures, towering rows of corn and slowly grazing cows, we encounter an open border to nature unencumbered, wilderness pressing at our ambitious sense of order. Anne Rowland’s complex photographic engagement with the farmland around her home in rural Virginia springs from an instinctual feeling for nature and the inherent melancholy of our intrusion upon it. In her collection and mending together of visual data, Rowland points to a place in the human brain that desires to commune with and care for the wilderness.
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