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BELLINGRATH Gardens & Home
collaged book pages from Bellingrath Gardens and Home published by: Bellingrath-Morse Foundation; 1st edition (1974)
dimensions vary
2008-2011

photos by Darren Stahlman

Each collage is made the pages from Bellingrath Gardens and Home, a photo tour of the public mansion and English style formal gardens in Alabama. The images are iconic and the grounds and interior are pristine. By simply removing all flowers from the images and layering what was left, the iconic and pristine qualities become surreal and disorderly. This collection of peculiar outdoor scenes shows the impact of the simple act of removal and reorganization, a common practice of mine. The series finishes with BELLINGRATH gardens & home: all the flowers, a collage of all the removed flowers organized into an abstracted landscape.