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Found: Decaying Portraits

(c) Andrea Raynor


Andrea Raynor

February 28, 2011 – April 15, 2011

Reception: March 9, 2011, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

In San Michele Cemetery, Venice Italy cemetery, there are thousands tombstones that has a portrait image of the deceased. Although the portraits on the tombstone are fading, they had once conveyed a complete image of the beloved who had passed away. In Andrea Raynor’s exhibit, Found, is photography documentations of these decaying portraits. The 20 digitally unaltered photographs of the cemetery portraits in varying stages of decay. Her photographs are a profound testament to the futile attempt to memorialize a human being. In addition, the basic process of time and different levels of decay slowly working the portrait away to the bare minimum of representation speaks to the irrefutable knowledge of ones own passing.

The Art New England publication reviewed Andrea’s exhibition, Found, at the Garner Center for Photographic Exhibitions. The review can be seen in the current April/May issue.

About the Artist: Andrea Raynor received her MFA, in photography, from School of Visual Arts, New York in 1997. She has been a full time faculty member at Northeastern University since 2003, and the director of the Venice, Italy study abroad program. She is currently working on a series of photographs and paintings influenced by her research on Byzantine mosaics.  She maintains a studio in Boston working in both mediums. More of her work can be viewed on her website at  www.andrearaynor.com.


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