Gayle Stevens work is gripping, intense, creative and totally unexpected. Her wet plate collodion prints are so far away from expectation that I can’t stop looking at them. I was thrilled to have her be part of Crossing Territories. After meeting her in New Orleans at PhotoNola, and seeing her rich delicious images, I anxiously awaited the box. Like a child at Christmas, I unwrapped the print and got it up on the wall.
Take a look.
From Gayle’s Artist Statement –
The Calligraphy series is composed of single and multiple five inch square plates displayed in the style of 19th century specimens and housed in black wood shadow box frames. This collection will be displayed as my personal museum of specimens collected on my daily walks. These images are my memento mori; an acknowledgement of lives passed, a rendering of fleeting shadows.