Published on 26 July 2007
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Constance Thalken - USA

Associated Central Topics: Art and responsibility .
Associated General Topics: Art . Artists . Environment .

Purge #1


The Environment: Common Good - Common Responsibility

The cycles of the natural world are central to the imagery of Purge, a body of photographs derived from yard trimmings hauled to curbside by private homeowners for pick up by the city Sanitation Department in Atlanta. The photographs are intimate examinations of these natural materials, now dead and deemed trash. These gatherings force a reconsideration of our notion of beauty, and, at the same time, speak to our relationship to the natural world and our urge to order it in a particular way.
Constance Thalken

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Constance Thalken is a photographer and intermedia artist whose recent work incorporates video, digital technologies, and performance. Her work is in the permanent collections of The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, The Birmingham Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, The Bunnen Collection of Atlanta and Georgia Perimeter College in addition to many private collections. She has received individual artists grants from the Georgia Council for the Arts, the Dekalb Council for the Arts and numerous research grants from Georgia State University in Atlanta, where she is an Associate Professor in the Welch School of Art and Design. She often uses animal imagery and references to the natural world to explore ideas about personal loss, transformation and death.

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email: cthalken cSa gsu.edu

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