Born and raised in Iowa, Schultz moved to Salem in 2004 to join the faculty at Roanoke College. He first learned about Danh’s work in the late 2000s. Danh gained national attention for his chlorophyll prints, created by placing transparencies on leaves and grass and leaving them behind. exposed to the sun.
The images Danh reproduced in the foliage include photographs taken by the Cambodian government of Khmer Rouge victims and Life magazine portraits of American soldiers who died in the Vietnam War. Danh told the New York Times his goal was to provide a new way to remember the cost of war.
“When I saw his leaves, I thought of Walt Whitman, because that’s the whole ‘Leaves of Grass’ trope,” Schultz said. “Death enters the ground and life emerges renewed. “
During the Civil War, contemplating the thousands of young men killed in battle, Whitman wrote: “The whole earth is saturated, scented with the impalpable exhalation of their ashes in the chemistry of nature distilled, and will be forever, in every grain of wheat. and the ear of wheat, and every flower that grows, and every breath that we breathe.
Schultz corresponded with Danh and wrote poems in response to his work. After the two met at Hollins University and became friends, Schultz collaborated with Danh on an exhibition at the Taubman Museum of Art, “War Memoranda,” which focused on Civil War, which led to a book by the same. name, published by the Taubman.