Winner, Mitchell A. Wilder Award for Excellence in Publication and Media Design, Texas Association of Museums, 2002
Western Books Exhibition,The Rounce Coffin Club, 2002
Small lives end every day-the unfledged bird fallen from its nest, the unwary lizard caught by a cat-as unnoticed in dying as they were living. Deeply moved by these small deaths since her childhood in South Australia, photographer-artist Kate Breakey has been photographing found animal remains since the mid-1990s, creating stunning, oversized, hand-colored images that-paradoxically-glow with life.
This volume is the first book-length work devoted to the photographs of Kate Breakey. It gathers color images from her ongoing "Small Deaths" series. These birds, flowers, lizards, and insects vividly express Breakey's desire to preserve each lost creature-to "freeze it in time, suspend it in space, immortalize it so that its beauty and its death are memorialized." In a brief afterword, Breakey traces the origins of her art to a childhood spent among domestic and rescued animals on the Australian coast. In the introduction, noted art critic A. D. Coleman links Breakey's work to the larger traditions of still-life painting and the postmortem photography of the nineteenth century.
Kate Breakey's photography has been published in the volumes Painted Light; Small Deaths: Photographs; Slow Light; and Birds/Flowers and has also appeared in more than eighty one-person exhibitions and more than fifty group exhibitions in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Japan, China, New Zealand, and France. Her work is held in many public collections, including the Australian National Gallery in Canberra, the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.