Essays

  • Changing States and Gorgeous Decay

    essay by Eleanor Heartney about Nancy Macko's "Decompositions"
    Changing States and Gorgeous Decay

    The photographs in Nancy Macko's Decompositions series present amorphous forms

    floating in a watery ether. 

    Light streaks through the compositions, muted slightly by a translucent film that gives the whole composition the soft patina of an old master painting.

    The images hover between abstraction and representation. 

    Recognizable scraps of organic waste - a striated piece of onion skin, a curl of orange rind, the softly undulating rumple of a cabbage leaf - come together to suggest mysterious landscapes, human bodies, strange sea creatures and soft folds of fabric.