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Daria Panichas


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Daria Panichas
From Protection Comes Renewal
Archival Ink on Hahnemühle Photo Rag paper, mounted on 4-ply archival board
37.25" x 25.25"

About the Work
This was taken during the pandemic quarantine in 2020. Seeking a safe escape from indoor confinement, I spent days walking through the woods of the Wissahickon Valley in Philadelphia, where this plant, an invasive species called the Devil's Walking Stick, grows in abundance. I was struck by the combination of hellaciously sharp thorns, weeping sap and tender new growth. During that long spring and summer in which we all tried to protect ourselves, I often thought of how this plant ferociously protects itself so that it can survive, grow and thrive..

Daria Panichas makes art because it's a joy, and likes to explore beauty, transformation, stillness and possibility. Through unconventional light, lines and contour, her monochromatic photographs distill natural objects, landscapes and streetscapes into ambiguous forms; freed from the familiar, they morph into new worlds that invite the viewer to explore and wonder, just as she did.

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