Finding unexpected beauty in the discarded and decayed, photographer Rosamond Purcell has developed an oeuvre of work that has garnered international acclaim, graced the pages of National Geographic and over 20 published books, and has enlisted admirers such as Jonathan Safran Foer, Errol Morris and Stephen Jay Gould. AN ART THAT NATURE MAKES details Purcell’s fascination with the natural world – from a mastodon tooth to a hydrocephalic skull – offering insight into her unique way of recontextualizing objects both ordinary and strange into sometimes disturbing but always breathtaking imagery.
What the critics are saying:
"Ms. Purcell, whose work recalls a time when the visual arts were often closely linked to scientific inquiry and philosophical speculation, uses her camera to accomplish a more radical species of time travel. Before seeing Ms. Bernstein’s documentary, I had seen and admired some of Ms. Purcell’s art, but never taken the full measure of her accomplishment. Now it’s clear to me that she is without question our greatest living 17th-century photographer." A.O Scott, New York Times
"Rosamond Purcell is one of the great photographers. She has captured the history of objects by photographing them in Romantic decline: books scourged by worms, petrified food-stuffs, biological specimens gone wrong, the inexorable entropic winding down of everything." Errol Morris
"What kind of genius is Rosamond Purcell? Is she an artist? A scholar? A documentarian? A living cabinet of wonders? Her originality defies category…" Jonathan Safran
"A revelatory portrait of an artist who presents the daily artifacts that surround us in a whole new way, this is highly recommended." VideoLibrarian
Additional Film Info:
Director: Molly Bernstein
Subjects: Art, Art History, Photography
Genres: Documentary, Art
Length: 75 mins.