Texas Tech University

Emma Powell and Kirsten Hoving: Svala's Saga

SRO Photo Gallery, August 26 - September 29, 2019

Powell-Hoving Hope
Above: “Hope” pigment over palladium, 16 x 20 inches.

Svala's Saga presents fictional photographs in which the main character, Svala, experiences the abrupt loss of all the birds in her world. To find out the reason of this loss, Svala journeys through the wilderness to save the remaining eggs. In doing so, she discovers her individual power. The photographic series investigates the topics of climate changes and species extinction through use of metaphor in this photographic fairy tale. Shooting in Iceland and employing the palladium process over digital color pigment, Emma Powell, in collaboration with her mother, Kirsten Hoving, have taken over four years to produce the works in Svala's Saga.

Emma Powell holds an MFA in Photography from Rochester Institute of Technology, New York and is currently an Assistant Professor of Photography at Colorado College. Powell exhibits her work nationally and internationally. Kirsten Hoving is the Charles A. Dana Professor of Art History at Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont, and she is co-founder of PhotoPlace Gallery.

Powell-Hoving Divination
Above: “Divination” pigment over palladium, 16 x 20 inches.
Powell-Hoving Sighting
Above: “Sighting” pigment over palladium, 16 x 20 inches.