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Title

Datura

2002


Artist

Peter Peryer

New Zealand

1941 -


About

Since the 1970s Peter Peryer has been taking photographs which deal with the enigmatic and uncanny in a subtle and poetic way. Indeed, the artist does regard his photographs as poems, and that the layers of meaning which emerge through looking at the work is an important part of the subject matter. 'Datura' is a lovely example of Peryer's recent work: the soft tones and physical form of the plant generates a sensual yet almost inscrutable image of reverie. There is a distinct relationship to the work of German photographer Karl Blossfeldt (1865-1932) and not only because of the subject matter. The evocative aspect of Blossfeldt's photographs where forms transcend their origins is also pertinent to Peryer's work.


Details


Date

2002


Media category

Photograph


Materials used

gelatin silver photograph


Edition

8/15


Dimensions

40.3 x 30.5 cm image; 50.5 x 40.5 cm sheet


Signature & date

Signed and dated c. verso, black fibre-tipped pen ".../ Peter Peryer/ 2002/...".


Credit

Gift of Peter Fay 2006


Location

Not on display


Accession number

40.2006


Artist information

Peter Peryer

Works in the collection

8