Mary West Quin: Mariposa
December 1-31, 2017
Opening: Saturday, Dec 9, 5-8pm
For PhotoNOLA 2017, Nadine Blake presents cyanotypes and platinum prints by Mary West Quin.
The flight of the butterflies—often passing through the deep south to the heart of the Yucatan. From the hubris of American civilization to the ruins of a collapsed Mayan civilization—the butterfly travels. From the naïveté of youth to the complexity of antiquity—unimpressed by our systems and borders—suspended in flight—above the trees, over walls and into the land of former kinds and gods—unmoved by our civilized ways. Content to be in its natural flight. – Mary West Quin
Mary Quin’s work explores a paradox of photography, which makes fleeting ideas and feelings into permanent images. She draws on concepts from anthropology and philosophy to explore the space between camera and subject that often mirrors the spaces within and between people. Working with an 8×10 view camera and platinum/palladium prints, Quin stays grounded in the historical roots and questions of photography—permanence, concerns of objectivity, and the nature of human existence and relationships.
After earning a BS in Anthropology from Millsaps College, she then earned a MA in philosophy from the University of Southern Mississippi and an MFA from Savannah College of Art and Design.
Mary currently lives and works in Mobile, Alabama. The Deep South serves as a crucible for her continued work.