An Art That Nature Makes
USA | 2016 | 75 min
Premiere screening on 19 September at Rialto Amsterdam. In selected Dutch and Belgian cinemas in October 2018.
Finding unexpected beauty in the discarded and decayed, photographer Rosamond Purcell has developed an oeuvre of work that has garnered international acclaim, graced the pages of National Geographic and over 20 published books, and has enlisted admirers such as Jonathan Safran Foer, Errol Morris and Stephen Jay Gould.
AN ART THAT NATURE MAKES details Purcell's fascination with the natural world - from a mastodon tooth to a hydrocephalic skull - offering insight into her unique way of recontextualizing objects both ordinary and strange into sometimes disturbing but always breathtaking imagery.
Nominated for the ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman at the Cleveland International Film Festival.
“Extraordinary … Illuminating … Beautiful. Now it's clear to me that she is without question our greatest living 17th-century photographer.” – The New York Times Critic’s Pic
"A fine primer to academic darling Purcell's object-driven focus, from which questions about the natural world and its relation to aesthetics are impossible to ignore." - The LA Times