A survey of ground-breaking mixed-media photography, spanning a half century of innovative perspectives that push the boundaries of how we define photography.
From her hand-colored, machine-stitched photographic prints to her artist’s books and well-known Mountain Dream Tarot card deck, the first-known photographic treatment of the tarot, Bea Nettles’s work has always upended tradition. Bea Nettles: Harvest of Memory presents the span of her art across half a century, in conjunction with an exhibition co-organized by the George Eastman Museum in Rochester, New York, and the Sheldon Art Galleries in St. Louis, Missouri.
Recognized for her innovations in mixed-media photography, Nettles used alternative photographic processes that produced textured works with subjects including self-portraits; investigations of the body and its relationship to nature and landscape; and the experience of mothering, loss, and aging. A tremendously productive artist, Nettle’s work has received critical acclaim, and been acquired into the permanent collections of museums coast to coast. Now, for the first time in her fifty-year career, Bea Nettles: Harvest of Memory offers a large-scale retrospective, tracing the journey of an artist who profoundly illuminates our inner worlds.
- Foreword (Bruce Barnes)
- Preface (Olivia Lahs-Gonzales)
- Part I. Essays
- Overcoming Constraints (Jamie M. Allen)
- Bea Nettles: Artist/Mother (Olivia Lahs-Gonzales)
- Photographic Objects/Institutional Artifacts: Bea Nettles in Context (Amy L. Powell)
- Part II. Plates and Texts
- Opening Statement (Bea Nettles)
- Plates: 1968–1975
- Mountain Dream Tarot (Bea Nettles)
- Plates: 1975–1992
- Complexities (Bea Nettles)
- Plates 1995–2011
- Gravestone Poetry (Bea Nettles)
- Plates: 2011–2015
- Closing Statement: (Bea Nettles)
- Selected Chronology (Jamie M. Allen with Bea Nettles)
- Selected Bibliography (Jamie M. Allen)
- About the Contributors
- Photography Credits