In ‘Cowspines,’ the Bony Topographies of Bovine Backs Appear Like Rugged Landscapes

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July 21, 2022

Grace Ebert

All pictures © Kate Kirkwood, shared with permission

Cragged, gaunt topographies bisect the misleading landscapes via Kate Kirkwood, a British photographer whose paintings is deeply rooted within the nation-state of the Lake District the place she’s lived for the closing 23 years. There, beneath the transparent, blue skies or amid the haze of dense fog, Kirkwood frames what seems to be huge, barren terrains that with additional exam, are printed to be fragmented photographs of the animals wandering the fields fairly than the vistas themselves.

Taken throughout the summer season months, the pictures are a part of her ongoing Cowspines collection, a selection of pictures that enlarge the farm animals’s bony constructions and comfortable hides covered with small tufts of hair. The photographs are the results of bonding with the animals, Kirkwood tells Colossal, that concerned “getting as shut as they’d let me, feeling their heat, swooning from their intense cow perfume,” she says. “Their nuzzling and milkiness used to be intoxicating, after which, to note how the sway and the curve in their spines, their hips, and shoulders, harmonised with the rocks, hills, clouds, fields, and stone partitions at the back of them used to be an overly thrilling realisation.”

Now compiled in a quantity printed via Ten O’Clock Books, the pictures provide a distorted, but celebratory standpoint of the animals and their dating to their surroundings. Kirkwood elaborates in an interview:

In the similar manner that the backs of the residing cows in my images change into a part of the panorama, so too, possibly, in a fantastic reversal, the panorama, the hills, the shapes, the elements, change into residing entities, their assimilation of the warm-blooded creatures within the foreground imbuing them with a an identical necessary power; bushy, bony, wispy, undulating lifestyles paperwork.

Lately, Kirkwood is operating on a couple of collection excited by documenting lifestyles within the Lake District. You'll be able to discover a broader selection of her images on her web site and Instagram. (by means of MetaFilter)

 

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#cows
#Kate Kirkwood
#landscapes

 

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