It’s yellow day and unintentionally so. I’m sitting in a coffee shop, drinking iced tea. The Evens play. It’s raining. I look around and notice one color. Yellow. Onions. Sofas. Legal pads.
This Jan Groover (1943, American photographer) triptych which is on my computer screen.
Do you know her work? She trained as a painter and references art history in her photographs, Renaissance perspective drawings to Cezanne’s tabletops. Groover uses a number of camera formats to alter perception and plane, which results in abstract spatial arrangements in her still-life, portrait, and landscape photography.
I remember when I first saw Jan Groover’s still-life of ordinary silverware. I went numb and came to with the thought, I want to make that. Saturated smeary light over crisp subjects.
I came across her work again by accident a few weeks ago while doing research at MoMA.
So, I made this photograph yesterday as an homage to Jan Groover.
Yellow Onion (after Jan Groover), 2011.
I’m in awe of her work.
Where do you find inspiration, photographic or otherwise?