Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Springfield, Illinois
February 8 - May 17, 2009
Union League Club, Chicago, Illinois
June 17 - July 31, 2009
Perimeter Gallery, Chicago A Search for Heroes, Lincoln and the Illinois Landscape
March 14 - April 25, 2003
Lincoln After Gardner, 10" x 8.5"
oil on glass, 2008
Alexander Gardner's glass plate negative of a portrait of Abraham Lincoln was accidentally cracked and a line was rendered running through the print. This famous portrait defines its poignancy by presenting the man who took responsibility for preserving the Union as a divided photo.
When considering this photograph today, the image suggests a metaphor for Lincoln's struggle, symbolizing the personal conflicts he faced in bringing together a nation torn by civil war.
Painting Lincoln on glass is a fragile process and the metaphor it might suggest reemphasizes the fragile nature of the principles Lincoln stood for, however, this piece is not broken but it still must be handled delicately.