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Photography
Photo credit: Photograph courtesy of Anna Collette
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Artist: Anna Collette, American, born 1974, M.F.A. 2003

Untitled, from the series Onion Creek

2013, printed 2018

4 pigmented inkjet prints mounted on Dibond

59.5 × 192 cm (23 7/16 × 75 9/16 in.)
image (each): 58.4 × 46.4 cm (23 × 18 1/4 in.)
sheet: 23 × 18.3 cm (9 1/16 × 7 3/16 in.)
support: 58.4 × 46.4 cm (23 × 18 1/4 in.)
Richard Brown Baker, B.A. 1935, Fund
2019.36.1.1-.4

Anna Collette’s photographs convey the fragility of the American landscape and nature’s capacity for both beauty and destruction. The Onion Creek watershed in Austin, Texas, catches water from a large area, making it vulnerable to flooding. Historic rainfall in the fall of 2013 uprooted trees and sent them rushing downstream, where they were caught by a grove of magnificent Southern live oaks—emblems of the South—which was also damaged in the flood. Collette photographed the creek bed from a highway overpass once the floodwaters had receded, positioning her camera over the edge of the rail. This work from the series presents fragments of a seemingly endless terrain of environmental devastation.

Status: 
Not on view
Culture: 
American
Period: 
20th century
Classification: 
Works on Paper - Photographs
Provenance: 

Anna Collette, New York, 2018–19; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

Bibliography: 

Lisa Hodermarsky et al., On the Basis of Art: 150 Years of Women at Yale, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2021), 280–81, no. 68, fig. 1.

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