The Return of the Hunted (after P.B., 1565), 2005, 20” x 50” C-print

During a residency in Maine, looking out of my studio to a landscape blanketed in snow, I was reminded of once reading that Maine is demographically the whitest state. The view out of my studio also felt strangely familiar. I eventually tracked this deja vu to a 1565 painting by Pieter Bruegel, the Elder, entitled The Hunters in the Snow.

I photographed the scene outside my studio as a one hundred and eighty degree panorama. Instead of Bruegel’s hunters, I digitally inserted my own image, photographed in different positions and carrying brooms rather than spears. A return from cleaning up, rather than from a kill? Or arriving to clean up?