502c Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
Art, Lectures & Conferences
Panopticon Gallery is pleased to present Recollections: Diana H. Bloomfield and Sal Taylor Kydd. The two artists in this exhibition create soft, dream-like photographs that reflect the elusive and ambiguous nature of memory.
In her series The Old Garden, Diana H. Bloomfield photographs flowers cut from their natural environment and left to wither. The soft muted colors against the textured surface of her studio are brought to life in Bloomfield’s use of gum bichromate, a 19th-century photographic process that combines chemistry and watercolor paints. Finding beauty in their decay, flora including camellias, Lenten roses, and quince speak to Bloomfield’s southern roots and spark memories of her grandparents’ garden.
Sal Taylor Kydd explores the idea of memory and our attempts to preserve it. The photographs the people and landscapes of her home in Maine are hand-printed in platinum-palladium. Each photograph gives the appearance of a small moment, becoming a keepsake of the mysteries of the natural world and the distortion of memory over time.
Recollections is on view from November 3, 2018 through January 2, 2019, with a cocktail reception and artist talks on Thursday, November 8, from 6 to 8pm.