In this book, Carol Peachee combines stunning photographic images of the James E. Pepper Bourbon Distilley, located in Lexington, Kentucky, with an essay on the experience of finding art among the industrial ruins. The photographs present a visual meditation on the transition of the material and functional world into artistic elements through color, texture, pattern, and light. For Peachee the abandoned distillery takes on the metaphor of object d'art, museum of art objects, and cathedral as she explores the ruins at the same time that her mother is dying of cancer. The process of photographing the deteriorating material world in transformation reveals an existential meditation on impermanence as well as a visual documentation of the Distilley plant and the art that it is becoming.
Carol L. Peachee is one of the original founders of the Kentucky Women's Photography Network. She has exhibited widely throughout Kentucky, including five solo shows and numerous group exhibits. In 2009 her work was chosen for notable mention in the Louisville Visual Arts Festival, in 2010 she won the Elizabeth Fort Duncan award from the Pennyroyal Art Guild, and her work is in the permanent collection of C.H.I. of Berea as well as many individual collections. In addition to her fine art photography Peachee partners with the Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation for photographic documenting and artistic representation of historic properties in Lexington, Kentucky and surrounding counties.
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