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Review: Kate Breakey at Etherton Gallery

Posted By Administration, Saturday, December 10, 2011
Updated: Thursday, January 2, 2014
DATE: December 10, 2011

Slow Light
through January 21, 2012

Mid-Career Survey with never before seen works

Kate Breakey Hole in the Sky, South Australia, 1980
archival pigment inkjet print with colored pencil, Courtesy
of Etherton Gallery
Slow Light is the result of three decades of work made steadily and set aside. For 30 years Kate Breakey has been making images that follow her footsteps near and far, from her native Australia through Europe, Texas, and her home in Tucson. Images slowly accumulated in a box and sat, waiting for the right time to emerge, to come into being. The fleeting moments of natural beauty have been revealed in Slow Light. Elegant, soft, and inviting is each frame. Works appear precious and enticing; knowing they have been saved for this day seems to make them every more special, more fragile, more invested- footsteps in desert sands, sunlight piercing a cloud, an abandoned well being reclaimed slowly by shrubbery and soon to be forgotten all together, an old burnt stump waiting to be reabsorbed into the life cycle. Breakey admits she did not take the work as seriously as she now does. Markedly different from her other series this work took a lifetime to accumulate and represents not only reflections on the beauty of the natural world or the perfect instant caught, but also as acts as a visual diary of the artist's life and experience.

Additional works from other series also on view in the survey including Flowers, Still Life, Memories & Dreams, and Laws of Physics.

Review in Tucson Weekly

For images, press release, or to acquire a catalogue please visit Etherton Gallery

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