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Olivia Parker uses a view camera to produce remarkable photographic collages. In the tradition of the great seventeenth-century Dutch and Flemish still-life painters, she infuses everyday objects with a sense of mortality. This feeling is enhanced by her intriguing juxtaposition of elements in a shallow field and her split-toning process. Parker describes her choice of objects: “The objects I like, whether alive or dead, are signs of life. Memento mori on a tombstone says remember death, but it also reminds me that someone once lived.”

Olivia Parker
American, born 1941
Selenium-toned gelatin silver print
Image: 13 1/16 x 10 3/4 in. (33.2 x 27.3 cm); sheet: 13 15/16 x 11 in. (35.4 x 27.9 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 83.2.2

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