The Being Seen series features appropriated images from the Liljenquist Family Collection of Civil War photographs in the U.S. Library of Congress. The portraits are made in the flesh of leaves through the chlorophyll print process. The leaves are then scanned and the digital images are enlarged and cropped. The series is inspired by Walt Whitman’s remark that the best war memorial is American ground where so much blood was shed, and where the lost return “in every future grain of wheat and ear of corn, and every flower that grows, and every breath we draw.”
– Robert Schultz
Robert Schultz is the author of seven books and an exhibiting artist. He has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Cornell University, and the Virginia Quarterly Review. In art, Schultz’s media include chlorophyll prints, scanography, and artist’s books. A ten–year collaboration with Binh Danh has produced two exhibitions and two books, most recently War Memoranda: Photography, Walt Whitman, and Memorials. Schultz’s work been featured by LensCulture and is held by the Library of Congress, the University of Virginia’s special collections library, the Phillips Museum, and by private collectors in the U.S. and abroad. He lives in Salem, Virginia.
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