Plume 2, from the series Strange Weather
Oil on canvas
Joy Garnett gathers photographs of man-made and natural disasters from the Internet and renders the images as richly textured oil paintings. In the process, she locates tensions between the visceral power of paint and the fleeting nature of images in the mass media, addressing the evolving role of art in an information-saturated society. In the series Strange Weather, Garnett takes widely distributed news images of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and recasts them as paintings in which geological, political, and sociological weather are inextricably intertwined.
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