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Maker(s):McKenna, Klea
Culture:American (1980- )
Title:Web Study #18
Date Made:2015
Type:Photograph
Materials:gelatin silver photogram
Measurements:24 x 20"
Accession Number:  AC 2016.32
Credit Line:Museum purchase with gift of funds from Scott H. Nagle (Class of 1985) and with the Richard Templeton (Class of 1931) Photography Fund
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College
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Label Text:
McKenna grew up on an active volcano in Hawaii, wondering when the ground beneath her feet would erupt. She now interprets nature as a series of potential dramas about to unfold. In her series Web Studies, McKenna makes photograms of the dazzling micro-ecosystem of orb-weaver spiders, placing webs on light-sensitive paper and then exposing that paper to light. McKenna’s photograms contemplate the fragility of her relationship to the webs, which the spiders commonly build at night and destroy every morning. McKenna is fascinated by the short-lived dramas found in nature, saying, “If you really consider our relationship to landscape you have to recognize how fleeting and unstable everything is.”
Julia Gill, Class of 2020

Tags:
nature; documentary photography; light; geometry; lines

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