As there are less than two weeks remaining in my term as Photography Artist in Residence here at The Bascom (thebascom.org), I find myself reflecting on the events of the past year.
I am privileged to have been selected for this position by Billy Love, Director of Education and Outreach. I have been afforded opportunities at The Bascom I would not have had otherwise.
I have documented events here, done some teaching, but a large portion of my time was encouraged to be in the realm of personal creativity and exhibition.
Within two weeks of arriving, I was given a solo exhibition, Daufuskie Days, at Sotheby’s. In February I had a collaborative exhibition with Grant Benoit, then Community Outreach Resident. On the very heels of this exhibition followed another solo exhibition, The Life of Trees, and I am finishing up with the solo exhibition, A Walk in the Woods (reception September 19th at 5:30 pm). My life here has been a whirlwind of activity!
With the support of those at the Bascom – Billy Love, Teresa Osborne, the cadre of surrounding artists and the wonderful staff – I was provided the time, space and place to grow both personally and professionally. Words being inadequate, I humbly say “Thanks”.
Images from The Bascom Exhibitions:
This past week I installed my exhibition, A Walk in the Woods, in the Education Gallery at The Bascom (thebascom.org). I had, on one hand, a sense of achievement of what seemed at times like a never-ending project. There on the wall were a finite number of cohesive images, communicating a spiritual sensibility of humanity in the landscape. Seeing the photos hanging together as a group made the experience feel complete: But only for a minute.
The trend my work has taken over the past several years has been to continue to explore the same subject , but in more depth. For now, I would like to continue photographing in the manner I have for A Walk in the Woods. The creative process will determine the destination. Maybe this project is never-ending…
A Walk in the Woods runs through October 8th. There will be a reception September 19th from 5:30pm-7:00pm.
This past Saturday saw the last of my workshops, Photographing Vistas. We met in the Whiteside parking lot – early, to ensure a parking space. Slides were viewed at the picnic table next to my car, and a discussion of some various ways to approach photographing vistas was held.
A gentle hike of about thirty minutes took us to the first cliff where we began to photograph. We walked across the ridgeline, shooting as we went, and descended on the other side of the loop trail.
After lunch we returned to the Bascom (thebascom.org), where we downloaded the images, and edited and discussed them. It was a full day!
I have enjoyed teaching workshops while here at The Bascom, and am thankful for this opportunity.
The creative process does not exist in a vacuum, but rather has a place in the continuum of the history of creative process. One’s work is influenced by others’, even if only subconsciously. Somewhere, somehow, someone has thought something similar to your thoughts. They may have executed their work differently, but relationships exist. And these are worth knowing.
Though I have been photographing landscapes for several years now, my current project, A Walk in the Woods, involves the human figure, albeit in a blurred form, with the intent of communicating the spiritual connection of humans to the landscape. Hence, I have been reading, Landscape as Photograph, by Elizabeth Lindquist-Cock and Estelle Jussim, in particular the chapter titled, Landscape as God.
A lengthy relationship exists depicting the landscape as a metaphor for God. It continues to this day. One of the factors differentiating the varying appearances of its rendering is which God is being referred to. God as Creator, vengeful chastiser, distant master of natural law, machine, and more.
The landscape in my work consists primarily of lush, green forests. My exhibition, A Walk in the Woods, opens at The Bascom (thebascom.org) in mid-September. Come see it. I leave it to you to determine which God is being referred to.
Though my functions here at The Bascom (thebascom.org) remain fairly constant – primarily teaching, documenting and creating my own work, the activities are never redundant, and continue to be fresh and new. This week saw two important and fun events – The reception for Frank Vickery’s exhibition, Homage, and the annual Barn Dance.
To celebrate Frank’s exhibition, refreshments were served up in the Ceramics Barn, which was transformed with tablecloths, flowers, and smock-free guests. The group later moved to the Loft Gallery, where Frank spoke about the intricate process in creating his pieces.
For the Barn Dance, the terrace was cleared to create a dance floor, where a square dance lesson was enjoyed by the crowd. I found this particularly challenging to photograph, since standing outside the circle gave me a clear view of everyone’s backs. So I moved to the inside of the circle, to be caged in by the dancers moving forward. I don’t think I was too much in the way…
The Bascom serves the community with novel and diverse exhibitions, activities and events. I enjoy the anticipation of seeing what’s next.
In addition to the documenting and teaching I do here at The Bascom (thebascom.org), much of my time is devoted to photographing my personal work. The current work in progress involving the blurred figure in the landscape, A Walk in the Woods, is well under way.
I spend a lot of time on frequented forest trails – most just off the Blue Ridge Parkway and in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The objective is to photograph people in a natural setting, and to create a sense of spiritual connection with nature.
The weather is inconsequential – I shoot rain or shine. Since not many people hike in the rain, I have a model on standby – my husband.
The exhibition of this work will be in the Education Gallery of The Bascom in mid September.