Victoria Sambunaris (American, Born 1964), “ Untitled”
Talc Mine – Distant, Cameron, Montana
2009. Chromogenic color print, 56 x 78” (142.2 x 198.1 cm)
Selected By Rachel Kessler
Sambunaris’s image shows a variety of seasons through one image. In the foreground there is a valley of dried brown grass with a few green pieces. Behind the grass there is a red and white area. It is unknown to the viewer although perceived as snow or sand. The background shows a gorgeous mountain range frosted with snow placed below a blue sky full of fluffy white clouds. The various layers of the image draw the eye slowly from the front to the back of the frame. This image is pleasing to the eye through its feeling of zen. The high contrast of the sun kissed grass compared to the hazy mountainous background brings reality and depth to the landscape. Sambunaris’ low vantage point brings the view to a first person perspective, as if the viewer was sitting on this dried grassland. This natural space is full of peace and serenity.