Treehouse Freese Road, Varna, New York
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© Rhea Garen
Gift of Nancy and Bruce Berman

Rhea Garen
American, Varna, New York, 1993
Chromogenic print
15 x 18 1/2 in.

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A large tree shelters--and at the same time overwhelms--a house. The lush greens of summer suffuse this scene, even as the brown leaves pasted in the second-story window recall the previous autumn. An obliquely viewed street sign in the foreground divides the house and introduces a cautionary note to the scene. While the tree provides summer shade, an adjoining woodpile suggests the approach of winter and the tree's ultimate fate. Rhea Garen photographed this house near a creek she passed by every day while walking her dog. Interested in the way a place changes with the seasons, Garen often returns to a site to photograph it at different times of the year.