From the Catskill Mountains: BPAC Artist-in-Residence Entry August 24, 2013

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Return to the country after 12 days in New York. The cattle farm on Route 17B shaded at 7:30pm. Turning west on CR113, the light hued with purple across the tops of the pines. Is this what late summer looks like? I recall asking myself that about spring this year, driving up the Palisades one day. The various greens so bright and fresh—almost lime.

Two hours outside of New York in the Catskills, I notice a change in how I feel. It’s located in my belly: excitement, childlike innocence. This is what I grew up around in Western New York—open fields, stillness, cows.

I open the window during dinner to hear the cacophony in the bushes, trees, weeds. One sounds like a duck. I prefer silence, but am intrigued by what makes these noises. Burchfield would know. Nancy, too.


Janelle Lynch is the 2013 Burchfield resident artist. She has garnered international recognition over the last decade for her large-format photographs of the urban and rural landscape. Widely exhibited, her work is in several public and private collections including the Burchfield Penney, George Eastman House Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, the Newark Museum, the Fundación Vila Casas, Barcelona, and the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Salta, Argentina.