Some of the oldest living things on earth are trees. Simultaneously fascinating and daunting in their endurance, trees are seemingly still and eternal, yet are constantly growing and changing. Trees have many stories to tell, as forests provide the backdrop for countless fairytales, ghost stories, and ancient mythologies. Home to a variety of creatures, intelligent beyond our full understanding, and vital to many of earth’s ecosystems, these deciduous beings connect many aspects of life on our planet. Trees can experience the equivalent of many human lifetimes and have become symbols for the cycles and mysteries of the natural world.
Tree Stories is a solo exhibition of work by Kate Breakey. Tree Stories encompasses a wide array of approaches to a singular subject as the exhibition will include a combination of the many photographic materials and techniques Breakey is known for. Shimmering gold leaf orotones of trees bring richness and a dazzling quality of light to this selection of work, hand colored photographs of trees are traditionally illustrative and straightforward, while delicately hand-embroidered photographs of bird nests on silk embody grace and elegance through their exquisite detail.
This exhibition also coincides with photo-eye’s 40th Anniversary celebration. Founded as a mail order photography book source in 1979 in Austin, Texas by Rixon Reed, photo-eye has grown into one of the leading contemporary photography galleries while continuing as the oldest and largest photography bookstore in the country. Today, photoeye.com is recognized as one of the foremost websites devoted to contemporary photography and our online bookstore includes the world’s largest selection of contemporary photobooks. photo-eye Gallery and Bookstore have been in Santa Fe since 1991.
Kate Breakey was born in Adelaide, Australia and received her MFA in photography from the University of Texas, Austin in 1991.
Tree Stories: Kate Breakey: Celebrating 40 Years of photo-eye
Exhibition Dates: November 22, 2019 – February 22, 2020
Opening Reception: Friday November 29, 2019 from 5pm – 7pm
541 SOUTH GUADALUPE ST
SANTA FE, NM