Laurie's artist statement: Joan Logghe and I were paired for an art/poetry exhibition several years ago, and she visited the gallery that represents my photography in Santa Fe, New Mexico where she viewed this artwork Mother & Child that inspired her poem.
Mother & Child is a "lenticular" photograph; when you pass by, what we normally see suddenly shifts or changes into what normally can't see - residue of pesticides. The .gif file that appears here is a simulation of the original work which is 21" X 17".
Mother & Child was prompted by information that came on my radar about breast milk being one of the most contaminated foods, as most of us have pesticides that have been banned years ago and those now in use in our bodies. It adds to the narrative of those mother and child images from the High Renaissance.
This image is part of a larger body of work titled Glowing Evidence; these are visualizations specifically for Silent Spring. I have been invited to speak about these images in many venues including The Eco-Farm Conference held in Pacific Grove, California, The Environmental Writers Honoring Rachel Carson in Maine, and various universities and museums.
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Click here to read "Beautiful Terror: Pesticides All Around Us?" -- Tabitha Alterman's interview with Laurie Turner in Mother Earth News.