Carl Austin Hyatt: From Portsmouth to Peru: in Search of Anima Mundi

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Friday, October 25 – Sunday, December 22.

Carl Austin Hyatt, Photographer

Carl Austin Hyatt uses classic black and white photography to give expression to the spirit of place. For Hyatt, a numinous inner quality animates the literal face of the world.This inner spark draws his focus to the finely crafted stones of Machu Picchu as well as weathered rocks of coastal New England, the mountains of road salt along the Piscataqua and the snow covered mountains of the Peruvian Andes.

This exhibition unites his decades of work exploring the ancient idea of anima mundi (the soul of the world) in these two unique and enchanting landscapes. The ancient traditions of the world experienced the Earth as a living, ensouled, and conscious being. The indigenous peoples of the world still inhabit this vibrant reality, and Hyatt brings it to us viscerally through his photographs.

Hyatt’s prints are in numerous collections, including the Boston Museum of Fine Art, the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian, the Currier Museum of Art, the Addison Gallery of American Art, and private collections across the United States, Europe, and South America.

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