City Symmetry

Jeanne Wilkinson

The award winning “City Symmetry Series" continues my exploration of abstract forms in everyday life. In particular, I believe that symmetries contain a kind of magic, and that broken symmetries are the stuff of life itself.

To give visual form to this belief, I photograph office buildings, churches, parks, pavement, trees, sculptures, stairways - most of them in New York City - and place them into mirrored relationships, revealing underlying forces and relationships otherwise invisible to our everyday vision.

The symmetries do not always match; structures and streets form tenuous balances that move from color to color and linearity to linearity, reflecting the nature of the city not as sterile and hostile but as (potentially) a place of beauty and growth. In this series, I have printed out the black and white images and hand-colored them with ink, watercolor and pencil.

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