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Terry Evans

Konza Prairie
1982
Ektacolor print
19 x 19 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Consolidated Natural Gas Company Foundation

Working from a small plane at low altitudes, Terry Evans evokes the edenic innocence of virgin Kansas prairie. By eliminating the horizon line, she makes the photograph appear self-contained. We see only an array of curving abstract forms. The trace of a pick-up trail across the upper part of the frame reminds us that the Konza Prairie is a carefully managed preserve in the midst of acres and acres of farmland.