Ramsey Library Exhibits

Panoramic color photo of ruins and mountains
Alan Hantz "Panorama of Marmaria"

Drawing of ceramic female figurine

Three Views of Greece

A Drawing and Photography Exhibit

January 15-31, 2002

 

Dorothy Dvorsky-Rohner
Archaeological Illustration
Ceramic, Female Figurine
Atypical of Cycladic Style

Color photo, closeup of figs
Suzzy Sams
"Figs Conversing with the Rose" 
MORE IMAGES
by Suzzy Sams

Dr. Dorothy
Dvorsky-Rohner

The purpose of archaeological illustration is to record material evidence, features of a site, archaeological activities that disturb the site, context of the finds in situ, and information for catalogue identifications. Although, photography would seem appropriate and an
even better solution, the accurate illustration of the archaeological evidence allows for information that a photograph may not be able to portray properly. For example, the technical drawing of a lithic piece, or stone implement, allows for study of the stone's manufacture by the indication of the strike patterns on the surface. This allows scholars to assist in the identification of lithic place manufacture and often helps in the chronology of the site. The study of ceramics is often based on decorative elements found on the pottery. Proper recording of the design elements allows for astylistic study and a better understanding of the culture or its influences. Archaeological illustration requires knowledge of the materials coupled with the ability to portray the information accurately.
Dr. Dorothy Dvorsky-Rohner, Classics Department, worked on the site of Ftelia, an archaeological site dating from the Neolithic period, 6,000 - 5,000 BC.  The UNCA student group participated in the work on this site in conjunction with the International Study Abroad Program in Greece.

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Dr. Alan Hantz

My assignment in Greece was threefold. I was commissioned to secure still and moving digital images for use in the creation of an online course on art and archeology in ancient Greece. The panoramas will be moving images on the website, but the stills are quite strong.   Also, I was encouraged to obtain images of ancient sites for use (with rights and/or permission) by UNCA’s humanities program.   Third, I was asked to document the work of UNCA’s students as they engaged in archeological research, as well as their general participation in this study abroad program.   While there I took the opportunity to sample images of contemporary Greek life and culture, and many of those are presented here.   My most personal response to the experience came with the development of a fascination with the faces depicted in ancient stonework. At times the faces simply present themselves. Some present character as the image is enhanced. I have found great personal reward in working to pull the personality of the individual to the surface of the stone.   Archeologists from Rhodes, Crete and Cambridge Universities offered an additional opportunity when they asked my assistance in documenting previously unrecorded and unpublished finds. Those photos will appear in their separate publications over the next two years.   Everything was shot using a Sony Mavica, and processed with Photoshop 6. The smaller images were printed on a 600 dpi inkjet printer. The larger images were laser printed at a local print shop.

Color photo of marble female head
Alan Hantz
"Aristocrat, Corinth"

Suzzy Sams

For this exhibit I attempted to give the viewer an idea of the visual memories I have from my adventures in Greece during June and July 2001. From my history studies I was familiar with Greek Art and Architecture, and as the “go-fer” in the Art Department, I have filed Greek Art Slides a gazillion times. However with the exception of Elgin’s thievery (and pieces in other museums all over the world), I had never seen Greek art in Greece. Even though Ancient Greece isn’t my primary area of interest, it was with great excitement that I tagged along with Dorothy, Alan, Mary Chakales and the students on their archeological dig.   The photographs selected are a hodge-podge, with little in common except that they are all of Greece. However, that is how my memories are…fleeting images of contrasts. Contrasts of rocky, arid countryside surrounded by multiple shades of blue water; blindingly white buildings in various stages of disrepair against deep shadows and the bluest sky which I thought was only seen in picture postcards; always brilliant sun and hot in most places but cool and extremely windy in others; within this harsh brightly lighted land—the kind of light which plays havoc with camera light meter—were shadowed and secluded places of refreshment and solitude; countryside which is mostly dull olive or brown sun-dried grass but many wildflowers marginally persevere among the rocks and more exotic plants thrive in some protected areas—the geraniums were small trees and the huge, brilliant bougainvillea draped the courtyards in splendor; wonderful people who drove like maniacs in the city but rode their burros or walked in the countryside; small, very hard-working women clad in black from head to toe contrasted with nude beaches and people having fun; a deeply religious country with Orthodox churches and small chapels far outnumbering the hotels yet many aspects of the pagan still present.   I hope you enjoy my “postcards” of Greece.


White church, red roof, blue sky
Suzzy Sams
"Country Church"

 

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