Desuyo's recent work is a series of photographs in which images from Leonardo daVinci's notebooks and paintings are layered with small often delicate
objects - petals, buds, insect wings, trinkets a child'stoy. By encasing each photograph in a layer of translucent beeswax, Desuyo creates in each instance
an image that is at once familiar and completely original. In a piece she calls " Matthew's Hand " we see the ethereal, almost ghost-like hand of Saint
Matthew, taken from the iconic Last Supper, floating cloud-like in a background of time-worn
blue and white tempera. And there as if cradled by the hand , and stilled by the wax it has been bathed in, is the bold elegant form of a cicada. When
juxtaposed with Leonardo's sketches, mundane, fragile, everyday things are honored and made vital.A century ago, Alfred Stieglitz pioneered a vision that made way for photographic images of the natural world to suggest a sublime world beyond the physical realm. It is within this tradition of fine art photography that Hedi Desuyo's work now exposes us to images that, while rooted in science and
history, point to the ineffable world of the imagination.
Lois Brown- Focus, Newsletter of the Pacific Center for the Photographic Arts.