Lot #15: Suzanne Rose Swan and Cygnet Feathers, 2019
Archival pigment print from original photogram
23 1/2 x 30 in.
Swan and Cygnet Feathers is a photogram, a cameraless process, which is made by placing objects directly onto a treated, light sensitive surface and exposing it to light. The technique was famously used by the American Surrealist artist Man Ray in his "rayographs." Unlike traditional photography, the photogram creates silhouettes and an ambiguity of form through subtle overlapping shades of gray that suggest rather than record.
In this lyrical image, Rose used the subtleties and peculiarities of the medium to express the mother-child relationship. The juxtaposition of the feather of the mother swan with that of her offspring, a cygnet, relates to the artist's own relationship with her daughter. Swan and Cygnet Feathers belongs to Rose's series Wild Miscellany, which finds meaning in nature's seemingly insignificant artifacts.