Recollections: Diana H. Bloomfield & Sal Taylor Kydd

November 03, 2018 to January 02, 2019


Panopticon Gallery is pleased to present Recollections: Diana H. Bloomfield and Sal Taylor Kydd. The two artists in this exhibition create soft, dream-like photographs that reflect the elusive and ambiguous nature of memory.

In her series The Old Garden, Diana H. Bloomfield photographs flowers cut from her garden and left to wither. The soft, muted colors against the textured surface of her studio are brought to life in Bloomfield’s use of gum bichromate, a 19th-century photographic process that combines chemistry and watercolor paints. Finding beauty in their decay, flowers including camellias, Lenten roses, and quince speak to Bloomfield’s southern roots and her memories of her grandparents’ garden.

Sal Taylor Kydd explores the idea of memory and our attempts to preserve it. Photographing the people and landscapes of her home in Maine, her images show moments that are clear and striking even as details of time, place, and identity are lost in the peripheral blur. Hand-printed in platinum-palladium, each photograph gives the appearance of a small moment, becoming a keepsake of the mysteries of the natural world and the distortion of memory over time.

Recollections is on view from November 3, 2018 through January 2, 2019, with a cocktail reception and artist talks on Thursday, November 8, from 6 to 8pm. The gallery is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Gallery staff is available Tuesday through Saturday, 10am to 6pm. For additional information, please visit our website, or contact Gallery Director Kat Kiernan by email at or by phone at 617.396.7803.


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