Title: gentle conversation
Dimensions: 28 1/2 × 65 in. (72.4 × 165.1 cm) overall
(a) 8 3/4" x 8 3/16" (b) 17 3/4" x 17 3/4" (c) 17 3/4" x 17 3/4"
Marks: King Au Signature on matt. below (c) photo.
Credit Line: Commissioned for the exhibition "Interpretations of the Interpretations: Photographic Explorations by King Au of Iowa State University's Art on Campus Collection" presented in 1995 at the Brunnier Art Museum. Purchased with by University Museums Acquisition Fund. In the permanent collection, University Museums, Iowa State University, Ames, IA.
This photographic interpretation of Christian Petersen’s “Gentle Doctor” references the powerful desire of humans to intervene in the environment. Human intervention and research in animals has led to great accomplishments such as vaccines and increased food production. However, nature constantly changes, always making corrections to maintain the natural balance. Human influences on nature are only temporary, no matter how well intentioned.