Robert Glenn KetchumThings Have a Life of Their Own, from the series Order from Chaos
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.