Monday, May 20, 2013

Restoring Color

 One Small Act: A Christo Moment
Performance documented by
Digital Photography, Photo Montage
7700 x 19250 pixels, 350 ppi. Photoshop. 2012
©2012 Mary Rush Gravelle.
The number two visited print this week: One Small Act, Wrapped Cactus after Christo, a photography performance piece I created in 2012.

I had not realized that a fire on Boston Hill in Silver City, New Mexico had hit so close to a favorite hiking trail that I had not hiked for a while. I was shocked at the devastation I saw along the trail. I decided to act out a "Christo performance art" moment by wrapping a burnt cactus thereby restoring color that had been lost to the fire.

 Color Restored
Performance documented by
Digital Photography, Photo Montage
5775 x 7700 pixels, 350 ppi. Photoshop. 2012
©2012 Mary Rush Gravelle.
The final piece is a photo montage of 11 photographs I took during my ceremony of restoring this site, at least a part thereof, back to color. This was one of my most enjoyable projects. That day, after I had completed my task, I walked away from the site with a smug delightful and loving feeling, knowing that unsuspecting future hikers would happen upon my creation. I had hoped it would add a glimmer of hope and joy to their hike.

 Life in Death
Staged Digital Photography
3264 x 2448 pixels, 180 ppi. 2012
©2012 Mary Rush Gravelle.
To the right is a staged photograph I took of a beautiful burnt goddess tree in which I introduced yellow silk daffodils into the hole that had been burnt through her trunk.

What do you think? Was I successful?

Contact Me

Until Next Week
  • Create art 
  • Appreciate art 
  • Buy art 
Have Something to Say? Comments are welcome, click on the "comments" link below. If it says, "no comments", be the first one to leave a comment.

21 comments:

  1. Yes, I think you succeeded in brightening up the burnt trees...wonderful thing you did! :)

    ReplyDelete
  2. I love your " Life in death" You did very well adding the yellow colour to a fantastic tree !

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. jagoterry… thank you… yes, it is a fantastic tree, even in her burnt state. I'm tickled that you noticed.

      Delete
  3. Very interesting concept of dead tree and the yellow daffodils

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Like spring after the death of winter.

      Delete
  4. Your work is beautiful! Thank you for sharing it with us!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Replies
    1. ;-) Thanks, Nick! Your comment made me smile.

      Delete
  6. Very fascinating. Color brings anything to life!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Veronica… you made it! Thank you. I totally agree with you that color brings anything to life.

      Delete
  7. What beautiful work you do:) Thank you for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
  8. Oh yes! You were very successful :) Color certainly makes things beautiful.

    ReplyDelete
  9. I love the Life in Death Photo. Yellow is such a vibrant color, a good boost for the day. Ty!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, J Sumner… glad you got a good boost for the day with the Life in Death photo.

      Delete