from the article: ELIOT DUDIK: COUNTRY MADE OF DIRT
By Aline Smithson January 17, 2018
"Whatever photographic project Eliot Dudik undertakes, the result is at such a high level of excellence that his methodology and imagery inspires and delights. Today, the book-as-object has become as valuable as the photograph and photographers are using this platform to expand their artistic expression. Eliot’s latest offering, Country Made of Dirt, as the artist states “presents a series of vignetted images of ambiguous faces, quiet gestures, and verdant foliage printed in classical tondo compositions and overlaid with text. Simultaneously uplifting and elegiac, Country Made of Dirt manifests ideas of country and community, hope and desire, and allusions to the cycles of life and death, through a meditation on collective myth and ritual. The book’s unique scale and presentation provides an intimate viewing experience from which each viewer is invited to consider our shared yearning for fellowship and meaning amidst the inevitability of loss”.