Adriene K. Veninger

Leaf No. 31

1997
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Adriene Veninger's series "Folia" is comprised of close-up, highly detailed photographs of leaves. Although the spare setting of her imagery recalls the austere, typological photographs of the German photographer Karl Blossfeldt, Veninger understands her project differently. Whereas Blossfeldt strove to depict underlying forms in nature, Veninger's goal is to emphasize the complexity, delicacy and intricacy of these common subjects as well as their animate and individualistic attributes. In this sense, she approaches her subjects more in the spirit of portraiture than clinical or scientific rendering. For her, the significance of the leaves is, "their texture, the network of veins, and perhaps more importantly, what stage they were at in their cycle of life. Their significance as unique identities became far more notable than what was originally perceived."
Title
Leaf No. 31
Date
1997
Medium
Photograph
Materials
gelatin silver print, sepia toned
Dimensions
60.6 x 50.7 cm; image: 54.5 x 45.8 cm; 37 x 29 1/8 x 1 5/8 in. (framed)
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Gift of the artist, Toronto, 1999
Accession number
2000.21