essay by Eleanor Heartney about Nancy Macko's "Decompositions"
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.