Earth Dog is from a series of photographs of the artist’s dog, Stella. Seen against a solid-colored background, the the body of the black dog flattens out into a nearly abstract form. Rovner strips away all extraneous incident and reduces her subject to its essence -- an aesthetic strategy that describes nearly all of her work. All life is borne by the dog’s half-shut eyes and soft, lyric ear -- minimal elements that nonetheless communicate trust and hope from across the universe that separates man and animal.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Johnson Gallery, Selections from the Collection 13," June 2, 1996–September 9, 1996.