Jesse Burke: Wild & Precious
Encompassing landscape, portraiture and still-life photography, Wild & Precious presents photographs Jesse Burke (RISD MFA 2005, Photography) made over the past five years while traveling across the United States and around his native New England with his daughter, Clover. Through images depicting Clover’s encounters with diverse landscapes and wildlife, Burke provides a tender meditation on nature, childhood, and parental love.
The exhibition celebrates the release of Burke’s book, also titled Wild & Precious, and a gift of artwork from the series to the RISD Museum.
Support for Jesse Burke: Wild & Precious is provided in part by a grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, through an appropriation by the Rhode Island General Assembly and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Jesse Burke created the series Wild & Precious over the past five years with his daughter, Clover, in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, the deserts of the Southwest, the beaches of Florida and North Carolina and throughout his native New England. For Burke, it is important for his child to connect intimately with nature to understand her place in the world and her responsibility for its care. Through images depicting Clover’s encounters with diverse landscapes and wildlife, Burke provides a tender meditation on nature, childhood, and parental love.
The show celebrates the release of the book, Wild & Precious, and the 2015 gift to the Museum from Dr. Joseph A. Chazan of all the works on view in the exhibition.