2001 · Austin
Limited edition of 100 copies, containing a signed and numbered photogravure by Kate Breakey. This astonishing book of photographs gathers 81 color images of birds, flowers, lizards, and insects, all of which vividly express Breakey's desire to preserve each lost creature; in her own words: "to freeze it in time, suspend it in space, immortalize it so that its beauty and its death are memorialized."
From the press announcement: "Small lives end every day -- the unfledged bird fallen from its nest, the unwary lizard caught by a cat -- as unnoticed in dying as they were living. Deeply moved by these small deaths since her childhood in South Australia, photographer-artist Kate Breakey has been photographing found animal remains since the mid-1990s, creating stunning, oversized, hand-colored images that -- paradoxically -- glow with life. In a brief afterword, Breakey traces the origins of her art to a childhood spent among domestic and rescued animals on the Australian coast."
In trying to describe just one of the paradoxes about this work to a colleague, we said something to the effect that "It is so profoundly beautiful that it wouldn't be right for us to ever sell it, and yet it is so profoundly beautiful that it wouldn't be right for us to keep it for ourselves." In order to solve this dilemma, we became Breakey's exclusive agent for the deluxe edition. (Inventory #: 1713)