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Somerville-based photographer, Rosamond Purcell, has already had an extraordinary career, including over 50 one-person shows, and her work is represented in the permanent collections of almost every major American museum. Purcell is now the subject of a new documentary by award winning filmmaker, Molly Bernstein. An Art That Nature Makes: The Work of Rosamond Purcell will screen at CinemaSalem from September 16-22. On Sunday, September 18 at 6:15 pm, Rosamond Purcell will visit CinemaSalem to answer questions about her haunting and beautiful photography and the process of making the film. The discussion is free and open to the public. Chronicling the incredible photography of Rosamond Purcell, An Art That Nature Makes explores an unconventional side of the medium. Obsessed with things others may find mundane or useless, Purcell scours junkyards, libraries, and the back rooms of museums for things she can bring to life with her camera. She also documents oddities in nature, exploring every inch of the strange artifacts she finds. Her evocative pictures can be at polar opposites of the emotional spectrum; from stunningly beautiful to weirdly macabre, they’re all equally mesmerizing. The film reveals the artist in her natural element, whether it’s working in the studio, obsessing over murre eggs, or rummaging for treasures. Watching her on the brink of several artistic epiphanies is a rare and intimate opportunity to understand the creative process of an extraordinary worldrenowned talent. This engaging documentary also contains interviews with those who’ve worked closely with her, as well as famous admirers, including director, Errol Morris. Get a glimpse into the mind of the brilliant woman who has been called the “doyenne of decay.”

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