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MISTICK KREWES

In New Orleans in 1857 a newly formed secret society, the Mistick Krewe of Comus, began the tradition of celebrating Mardi Gras with a torch-lit procession of extravagant floats. My series, Mistick Krewes, is an homage to the rich jumble of that city’s overlapping heritages and the still perceptible aura of its tempestuous history. Since its founding in 1718, New Orleans’ cultural, political and natural landscapes have been continually invaded and eroded, bought and sold, enriched and transformed.

 

A visitor to New Orleans might pass through districts, buildings and gardens that exhibit the intertwining of centuries of Native American, Spanish, French, African and American influences. City streets are named for Greek muses, native tribes and 18th-century French nobility. Surrounding swamplands are swallowed by encroaching gulf waters. The atmosphere is charged with an air of mystery, a strange sense of desire, and a whiff of something hazily remembered, beckoning from just around the next corner. It is a place where history is revered, and where it can sometimes be ‘mistickally’ re-experienced.

 

In these works I am combining my photographs with imagery from popular as well as archival sources. Adding layer upon layer, revisiting each composition again and again, I am working toward scenarios that compel even as they may mislead. Interweaving elements from nature, history and contemporary life conjures up landscapes populated with plants, wildlife, and otherworldly beings, evoking lost times and the Mardi Gras traditions that celebrate them.

 

 

Avyoyelles
Avyoyelles

photomontage on wood panel 2020 28" x 21"

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Atchafalaya
Atchafalaya

photomontage on wood panel 2016 28" x 21"

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Hurricane
Hurricane

photomontage on wood panel 2020 28" x 21"

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Bayou Teche
Bayou Teche

photomontage on wood panel 2016 28" x 21"

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Calliope
Calliope

photomontage on wood panel 2016 28" x 21"

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Charybdis
Charybdis

photomontage on wood panel 2020 28" x 21"

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Goose Girl
Goose Girl

photomontage on wood panel 2017 28" x 21"

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Erato_NEW
Erato_NEW

photomontage on wood panel 2016 28" x 21"

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Spy Boy
Spy Boy

photomontage on wood panel 2016 28" x 21"

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Rag Man
Rag Man

photomontage on wood panel 2016 28" x 21"

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The Rebirth of Venus
The Rebirth of Venus

photomontage on wood panel 2020 28" x 21"

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Terpsichore
Terpsichore

photomontage on wood panel 2016 28" x 21"

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Pontchartrain
Pontchartrain

photomontage on wood panel 2016 28" x 21"

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Melpomene
Melpomene

photomontage on wood panel 2016 28" x 21"

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Amphitrite Agonistes
Amphitrite Agonistes

photomontage on wood panel 2020 28" x 21"

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Calcasieu
Calcasieu

photomontage on wood panel 2016 28" x 21"

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Pontalba
Pontalba

photomontage on wood panel 2016 28" x 21"

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Bayou LaFourche
Bayou LaFourche

photomontage on wood panel 2016 28" x 21"

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Tchoupitoulas
Tchoupitoulas

photomontage on wood panel 2016 28" x 21"

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Barataria
Barataria

photomontage on wood panel 2016 28" x 21"

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Grande Isle
Grande Isle

photomontage on wood panel 2016 28" x 21"

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Studio Installation
Studio Installation
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Ping Yao Poster
Ping Yao Poster
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Ping Yao Installation
Ping Yao Installation
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KATHRYN  DUNLEVIE                                                                  CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHIC COLLAGE

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