Untitled Drawing, 2009
Inkjet Print, 11" x 14"
Abraham McNally’s photographic work uses simple collages of both made and found images to create abstracted landscapes that stem from a personal source. The son of ‘back-to the-land’ hippies, McNally grew up in rural northern Vermont. It was a culture filled with the 1960s hope of rejecting American suburban conformity, consumerism and abundance. However, the community was unable to sustain a life with its own hands. In reality, splitting wood, milking a cow, or identifying what a potato plant looks like, proved difficult for the sons and daughters of suburban affluence. A return to the comforts and realities of American society was inevitable.The images used as raw materials in McNally’s collages are signifiers of the artist’s own heritage. Images used include: the firewood harvested and burned to keep his family warm, the bricks used to build chimneys, and the hay grown and bailed by McNally’s parents and fed to cows and goats.