December 9, 2012
When I visited Michal Kluvanek's studio yesterday I saw some early landscape work done by Kate Breakey. Small sections of the landscape--eg., parts of a tree trunk-- were hand coloured.
This body of work was done while she was still living in Adelaide before going to the USA moving to Austin, Texas in 1988. She completed a Master of Fine Art degree at the University of Texas in 1991 where she also taught photography in the Department of Art and Art History until 1997. In 1999, she moved to Tucson, Arizona.
Kate Breakey, hybrid tea rose, hand colored gelatin silver print, 1999, from the series Small Deaths
It is simple, elegant studio photography --albeit hand coloured. I can never achieve results this good with my work at Encounter Studio. Small Deaths includes approximately 50 hand-colored, over-sized images of the remains of birds, lizards, insects and flowers that Kate Breakey has preserved and memorialized through her photography. Breakey carefully photographs her subjects and then paints each photo with oil paint and colored pencils, staying true to its natural appearance and color