|Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison, "Reclamation", 2003, photogravure | Alchemist II, 2008, Archival Pigment Print|
|Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison, "Burn Season", 2003, photogravure|
I believe many images represent the literal impact of human technology on the earth. The work "Alchemist" depicts man's technological experiments as a failure, and ultimately harmful to its creator. Other works like "The Gaurdian" seem to focus more on the destructive impact man has on its environment. I interpret this piece to be a man attempting to take flight by using materials taken from the land to literally form wings, an analogy of humans usurping the land for its own advancement. We see here that by taking the branches from the land for his wings he has left the plants destroyed. Common sense tells us that his attempts to fly will end unsuccessfully, meaning the landscape has been destroyed in vain.
|Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison, "The Guardian", 2003, photogravure|
|Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison, "Gray Dawn", 2006 Archival Print | "Summer Arm", 2007, Archival Print|
The two artist work in a variety of different ways with many different forms of medium and equipment to accomplish their visions. Using both digital and film cameras to capture the artists allow the image to dictate the device needed. Production can range in medium from traditional dark room printing, paper positives and negatives, photogravure, and hand painting. While digital cameras are sometimes used photoshop is never used to compile the collages. The production method for their series "Architects Brother" seems especially lengthy and laboursome, which seems appropriately matched to the subject matter which is often humans engaging in long strenuous acts.
"Paper negatives allowed us to collage various images into one image. It is a lengthy process that requires a back and forth process from paper negatives, paper positives, drawing and contact printing. Once a final image was completed we then mounted it and painted on the photograph. This painting process consisted on many, many layers of washes. This further distanced the final image from qualities of photography." (Robert and Shana Parkeharrison - Insight)