My interest photographically is that place where the two factions of vernacular gardens
intersect– natural organic elements and the built environment –and the strategies of either
the plants or the gardeners to keep growing. Darwinian aspects play one part in these
gardens but other scenarios defy logic or theory in their appearance. Compositionally, I look
for some kind of equality whether it is in form of the spectacular vs. the ordinary display or
in quantities of real vs. fake elements. I am primarily interested in the gardens but the
structures and supports that define them are fundamental parts of these gardens often
owing them for their very existence as protection.
The fight or polemic is what attracts me. Vulnerabilities are rampant and they sometimes
contradict the garden's appearance by introducing something so ephemeral that is attached
Evie McKenna received a Bachelor's Degree in Photography from Philadelphia College of Art and a Master's Degree in Photography at New York University and ICP, the International Center of Photography. Her photography has been exhibited at numerous galleries throughout the US. She is the recipient of a NYFA grant from New York State and has been awarded residencies at Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, New York, and the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas. In addition to teaching at Adelphi University, she teaches at the School of Visual Arts in NYC. She has recently been involved in community Green Agenda work in Jackson Heights that has informed this recent body of work.