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Robert Glenn Ketchum

Things Have a Life of Their Own, from the series Order from Chaos
1982
cibachrome print
29 7/8 x 37 3/4 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of an anonymous donor

A thicket of trunks, limbs, and twigs runs from edge to edge in Ketchum’s large color photograph, one of a series he calls Order from Chaos. Order emerges from the picture’s generally monochromatic rusty coloration and the compressed branches which the camera lens reproduces as though on a single flattened plane.