We like to control animals and nature, but when they get beyond our understanding things tend to get interesting. This is true of Marcia Lamont Hopkins’s photographs, too. Hopkins envisions overgrown forests, historic graveyards, farm animals, and occasionally people, often in combination, in impeccable digital prints that blend multiple shots into believable wholes. The weirder and more convincing, the better: a sheep enmeshed in a dense forest seems as if it and the trees are made of the same stuff, a llama in a rolling meadow becomes one with the horizon and the clouds. Because Hopkins prints these images to look like vintage pictures, from an era before digital manipulation was common, they emanate a sense of eternity. Indeed: once upon a time animals were as sentient as they look here, and the forests as impenetrable.
—Lori Waxman 3/24/17 4:43 PM