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Evie McKenna: Tufts of Flowers

January 20 - July 09, 2017

Evie McKenna: Tufts of Flowers
Wave Hill House | January 19–July 9, 2017 

Pictured above: Aquarium, 2014, Archival pigment print, 16” x 16”. Courtesy of the artist

Referencing Robert Frost’s poem “The Tuft of Flowers,” in which the poet 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. Her photographs capture fortuitous encounters with landscapes, such as the brush of wind through tall grasses or sunrays reflecting off of glass panes in a greenhouse. 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 suggests 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.

Evie McKenna received a BFA in photography from Philadelphia College of Art and a Master's degree in photography from the New York University/International Center of Photography program. McKenna’s work has been exhibited at George Eastman House International Museum, Rochester, NY; Klapper Center for Fine Arts, Garden City, NY; Flux Factory, Long Island City, NY; and Queens Museum, Flushing, NY; among others.

Pink Blends, 2016, Archival pigment print, 16”x 16”. Courtesy of the artist.


Hair Standing, 2014, Archival pigment print, 16”x 16”. Courtesy of the artist.


More information at eviemckenna.com

The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.