Kate Breakey, Octopus II. Archival pigment print on glass with 24k gold leaf, 6 × 6 or 15.2 cm x 15.2 cm
Kate Breakey is known for her large-scale, hand-colored photographs, which often feature luminous representations of birds, flowers, animals, and insects.
Beginning with a silver photographic image, she paints over this with many transparent layers of oil, melding together different media. Concerned with the themes of death in nature and the preservation of beauty through photography, Breakey wants to “tenderly record the beautiful bodies now in transition towards decomposition and disintegration,” as she says.