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DeCosses photographs take us? First, they whisk us
away to lush gardens where we can sit on
imaginations wrought-iron bench, where we can
dream our way through a sunny afternoon, into
twilight, into moonlight. "The eye must learn to
abandon its long habit of useful serving, poet
Jane Hirshfield tells us, "and take up instead an
active delight in its own ends." The inner eye too
finds sources of contemplation here. The image
created by the artist--photographic,
poetic--allows us to see into and through the
world, a kind of double-seeing that leads, if only
briefly, to the possibility of the transcendent.
The sudden seeing of one thing as another begins
to suggest the relatedness of everything,
everyone, a consciousness we now understand we
must maintain if the planet itself is to survive.
This is not a new version of nineteenth century
Symbolism, where the natural world is merely
symbol for the spiritual essence behind. We value
this world even as art gives us glimmers of
something beyond it.
Interview With Cy Decosse
Following the Opening of His Exhibition Flowers Exotic & Rare, January 27, 2000,
At the John Stevenson Gallery in New York
John Stevenson: You have a deep, passionate, unifying sense of the beautiful. You seem to coax it out. You always revolve around the beautiful. But what is beautiful? What does that mean?
Cy Decosse: Well, I just believe that flowers are the most gorgeous things in nature. Flowers are nature regenerating itself, nature in love. I just assume there's a beauty there. But then I have to find it. Where does that work in photography? I don't think you can take a flat-out photo of something and have it be interesting.
An image of the rose should become something more. It should make me think of the first time I gave a rose to my mother, something like that. It has to have some kind of edge, some kind of magic, some mystery. That image must have something going for it. It should make you stop and say, "Wow!"
JS: What in a lifetime has photography taught you as a person?
CD: I think I've
learned to keep my eyes open, to be more aware.
And the way that I work, photography has taught me
to keep trying, to keep looking, for that essence
of things. But for me, it's not done quickly.