Living Well in Litchfield County, Connecticut

January 21, 2023

Inhuman Time

Artist Sarah Prud’homme’s new photographic series at the Cornwall Library, Inhuman Time, a minimalist meditation on stones collected from the New England coast. The title of the show is inspired by a line in Louise Erdrich’s story “The Stone”:

“A stone is a thought that the earth develops over inhuman time.”

Prud’homme’s stones were created over 400 million years ago, when volcanic magma was propelled to the earth’s surface. Mostly basalt, they have a rich black hue. As they cooled and were shaped by ocean wave action, they became smooth and round, which captivated the artist’s eye.

In making these photographs, Prud’homme captured 20 to 50 images of each stone, which she layered in photo editing software to reveal what normally escapes our gaze. Prud’homme used this technique to enlarge the stones to many times their actual size. The resulting images examine a stone’s surface from its center to its outer edges, resulting in a hyperfocused composition that appears both flat and three-dimensional.

This free event runs through March 4.
Registration for reception on the Cornwall Library website required.
Cornwall Library
30 Pine Street, Cornwall CT 06753 


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