The genre of photorealism (and its progression into hyperrealism) often seems to split people between those who like it and those whose who don’t. Many will argue that photorealism’s blatant use of photography as a reference point somehow manages to devalue the quality of the work but personally I don’t see it that way. In the early years of its creation it stood as a justified reaction to abstract expressionism and its recent progression into the world of the hyperreal has led to a number of important artists and artworks that pose interesting question about reality and the value-system we seem to impose upon the image. I could easily bore you with a rant about the merits of hyperrealism in the context of Baudrillard, the simulacra and the notion of ‘reality-by-proxy’ but I think it’s probably wiser (and indeed more interesting) to share with you a little more about these amazing graphite drawings by Californian artist Marissa Textor.
Born in Fullerton, California but now living in LA, Textor’s work is chiefly concerned with the natural world, and her joint degree in art and geography really comes through in her drawings. There’s an interesting parallel that can be found in Textor’s heightened sense of reality and the inherent intense connection that we hold with nature as being ‘the real world’, but personally I view her work as more of a meditation on nature. Her graphite drawings carry with them a powerful sense of stillness and restraint and above all the capture the intense power of the natural world.
You can find a large collection of her work online here.