Notes from the intro to show at the Wave HIll House, Bronx, NY Jan- July 2017
Referencing Robert Frost’s poem “The Tuft of Flowers” in which he finds a patch of flowers left untouched by the blade of a mowed field, Evie McKenna’s subjects are revered as survivors of the constructed world. These photographs capture fortuitous encounters with landscapes; the brush of wind, reflecting sunrays and dewy atmospheres are affirming gestures of natural occurrences in built realities. During her time as a 2014 Winter Workspace artist, McKenna observed and photographed Wave Hill’s gardens, woodlands and surrounding urban streetscapes. She also photographed scenes in her neighborhood in Queens, as well as at a residency in Montello, NV. The images capture textural qualities responsive to botanical and constructed landscapes. The composition and context of the images serve as both disrupters and equalizers in the balancing act of capturing charged environments. Temporality is a focal point in the still images conveyed through acts of fleeting seasonal changes, impermanent natural fixtures and urban constructions. The diffuse lighting and mix of organic and architectural structures observed conveys a sense of balance between controlled and natural growth. McKenna’s photographs honor the vulnerabilities and alluring presence of plants revealed through synchronistic and spontaneous moments.