An Art That Nature Makes (2016)


On Tuesday, March 22, 2016 as part of the Talks and Screenings at the Folger and the 2016 Environmental Film Festival the Folger hosted a screening of the documentary film, An Art That Nature Makes.

Photographer Rosamond Purcell finds life and beauty in the most unlikely of places: in junkyards and libraries and the backrooms of natural history collections. Transformed by her camera, using only natural light, decaying objects become uncannily alive, bearing the marks of their atmospheric conditions while evoking fantasies of other, stranger life forms. An Art That Nature Makes delves into the engagement with the environment that forms the crux of her photography, incorporating interviews with her scientist collaborators and admirers like filmmaker Errol Morris.

L-R: Michael Witmore, Rosamond Purcell, and Molly Bernstein

Learn more about the film on IMDB.

Following the screening, Rosamond Purcell joined director Molly Bernstein and Dr. Michael Witmore, Folger Shakespeare Library Director, in conversation about the film. Rosamond Purcell and Dr. Witmore jointly curated the 2013 Exhibition Very Like a Whale.