Throughout her year as Burchfield artist-in-residence, Janelle Lynch will share her thoughts and impressions with us as we share her journey into the spirit and work of Charles Burchfield.
In the Study Center on Saturday, this Burchfield drawing recalls a passage in Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, Annie Dillard's book that I have referenced several times in this blog and that is accompanying me on this AIR journey.
She refers to Marius von Senden's 1960 book, Space and Sight, about perception of the congenitally blind post-cataract surgery. Anecdotes reveal that patients had no sense of space whatsoever. "A little girl visits a garden. 'She is greatly astonished, and can scarcely be persuaded to answer, stands speechless in front of the tree, which she names on taking hold of it, and then as the tree with the lights in it.'"
Janelle Lynch is the 2013 Burchfield resident artist. She has garnered international recognition over the last decade for her large-format photographs of the urban and rural landscape. Widely exhibited, her work is in several public and private collections including the Burchfield Penney, George Eastman House Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, the Newark Museum, the Fundación Vila Casas, Barcelona, and the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Salta, Argentina.