Hide the Sun illustrates a landscape of personal reflection and contemplation on the dualities in life. While sunlight is absorbed by dark backgrounds during the day and absent at night, the color yellow flows through the series providing a simulated source of illumination. Yellow is the most visible color of the spectrum. Next to black, it appears brighter than white. Yellow is associated with enlightenment and optimism but also caution.

In the photographs, flowers bloom and ferns unfurl in continuous renewal, while hands reach out in longing and people freeze in melancholic thoughts. Trees and branches break, dying a sculptural death, more beautiful than when they were whole. Subjects surface from the darkness and float on the surface. Nature feels displaced in the dark night, artificially lit by the flash, presented as evidence. Shadows have more presence than the objects that cast them. The flowers that bloom in the summer don’t last as long as I hope, while the tree that split apart years ago still stands outside my window.

The archival pigment prints range from 11x14 inches to 30x40 inches.

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http://www.paulamccartney.com/files/gimgs/25_rattlesnake-master-replacement.jpg
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Installation at Soo Visual Arts Center, Minneapolis, 2018
images copyright Rik Sferra
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