Paul Sharits (1943-1993), Word Movie: Frozen Film Frame, c. 1973; film strips and plexiglass, Overall: 34 x 53 in. (86.4 x 134.6 cm) Frame: 34 x 53 in. (86.4 x 134.6 cm); Gift of Christopher and Cheri Sharits, 1995
Burchfield's archives reveal his studied fascination with symbolism, which he used to capture the countless emotions, sounds and other invisible elements that spoke to his senses. As he wrote, "An artist must paint not what he sees in nature, but what is there."