Contemporary photographer Rosamond Purcell’s breathtaking pictures challenge accepted notions of death and decay, and blur the line between the natural and man-made worlds. (Detail: Two Rooms exhibition, Tufts University)
Obsessed with things others may find mundane or useless, Purcell scours junkyards, libraries, and the back rooms of museums for things she can bring to life with her camera. She also documents oddities in nature, exploring every inch of the strange artifacts she finds. Her incredible pictures can be at polar opposites of the emotional spectrum; from stunningly beautiful to weirdly macabre – (image: Cleveland International Film Festival).
An Art That Nature Makes, a new film that celebrates Purcell’s work, details her fascination with the natural world – from a mastodon tooth to a hydrocephalic skull – offering insight into her unique way of recontextualizing objects both ordinary and strange into sometimes disturbing but always breathtaking visual studies. See that 74-minute film on Vimeo, here. Rosamond Purcell on Facebook, here.