The Laid Table
The Laid Table is a very personal meditation on beauty, fecundity, fragility and the inevitable march of time. Each image is staged as it appears in the image, no post production manipulation is used.
I chose Kimberly Witham as the recipient of the Clarence John Laughlin Award. While her work does not blatantly portray current political issues that we are facing today, she does refer to some aspects of it in the demurest manner, much like the symbolic undertones of the great Dutch still life masters. Her connection to nature and the themes of beauty, fragility and decay are things we often overlook, particularly in an age where we consume things (physically and metaphorically) at a rate that has never surfaced in the history of humanity.
With the growth of technology, our relationship to nature (and each other) has deteriorated in so many ways. We are a society that is ravenous for “more” and forget to “stop and smell the roses,” so to speak. Being present has become a chore in a digital age. As a result, I suppose it was this “stillness” of Witham’s photography in conjunction with the incredibly rich colors and textures that truly caught my eye and impregnated my mind. These emblematic images of our disconnected relationship between humans and nature are important for people to appreciate and consider life’s transience.
Director of Art
Crescent City Auction Gallery