‘Small Worlds’ at Adkins Arboretum
RIDGELY — The beauty of seeds and fading flowers serve as sources of inspiration for Paige Billin-Frye’s photographs as she captures plants at the end of their life cycles.
Her show “Small Worlds” is currently on view in Adkins Arboretum’s Visitor Center.
“With an eye for capturing the beauty of plants in their end stages, she presents impossibly delicate starbursts where seeds once clung to a sprig of fennel, and a patch of moss that forms a magical world of shimmering textures as frail stalks bravely extend seedpods into the air,” a news release states.
Although Billin-Frye has made her career as an illustrator of children’s books, she said photography has been important to her since she was a child.
In 2010, a sunrise visit to the tidal pools at one of her favorite places in Maine led to her “Small Worlds” series, in which she began photographing plants isolated against white backgrounds, the release states.
“I found myself drawn to shells and rocks that had barnacles attached and seaweed winding through,” she said. “By photographing these objects separated from their backgrounds, their scale became a bit indecipherable and they looked to me to be self-contained worlds. I like the sense that you’re not sure whether it’s something big or small.”
This show is part of Adkins Arboretum’s ongoing exhibition series of work on natural themes by regional artists. It is on view through Feb. 2 at the Arboretum Visitors Center located at 12610 Eveland Road near Tuckahoe State Park in Ridgely.
Contact the arboretum at 410-6342847, ext. 0, or [email protected]kins arbore tum.org for gallery hours.
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