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Being in the Land (Shenandoah)

Being in the Land is a series of artworks inspired by my desire to make contact with the memory and intelligence embodied by landscapes. By making aspects of the land’s more latent phenomena visible and material I hope to understand more about its biological capabilities, significance and meaning. I am always chasing ways to give shape to these potencies that haunt me—what seems to me to be the affective power of the land. I rely on my art practice to facilitate empathy and the imagining of others' worlds, lives, histories and experiences and, in so doing, hope for a kind of access to forces and entities otherwise lost or unknown.

The works submitted to the René Carcan prize are photopolymer gravure prints. I work with this process because it is unpredictable, giving and revelatory. Indeed, I feel the open, experimental nature of this process allows me to access what cannot be seen with a more conventional sense of sight. The inky sensuousness of photopolymer gravure allows me to explore the viscerally-felt, deeply-imbricated emotional and psychological potencies of what persists in the land: human histories, animal histories, the bodies of deep time and the limits of our own knowledge. By harmonizing the conceptual properties of photography with the material properties of intaglio printmaking I hope the images from Being in the Land might help materialize and amplify this feeling of presence inherent in all landscapes.

Size
30.5 x 40.5 cm
Prints
8
Technique
Etching

Robyn Moore

Robyn Moore is a photomedia artist and filmmaker originally from Virginia, USA. She holds a PhD in Visual Arts (Photomedia) from Sydney College of the Arts, the University of Sydney, in Sydney, Australia and an MFA in Photography and Experimental Film from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University. Her research interests include biosemiotics, phenomenology, empathic imagining, and the ways in which visibly material photographic practices can encourage new ways of seeing, sensing, and interacting with other beings and landscapes. Robyn has had her work exhibited widely, including at the South Australian Museum (Adelaide, SA, Australia); the National Archives of Australia; SoHo Photo Gallery in NYC; SE Center for Photography; Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center in Cincinnati, OH; Washington Printmakers Gallery in Washington, D.C.; the Texas Photographic Society in Johnson City TX; the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art in Laurel MS; the Danforth Museum of Art in Framingham MA; the San Francisco International Film Festival; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and Harvard University. Robyn has taught photography and film at numerous academic institutions including Marietta College and Sydney College of the Arts. Previously she was an Associate Professor of Photography and Video at Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi and Director of the Delta International Film and Video Festival (2005-2011). Currently Robyn is an Associate Professor of Photography in the Department of Art and Design at Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky USA.

Birthdate: 29/01/1975

Nationality: American

Exhibitions:
  • Re-Emergence: Explorations in Photography and Printmaking. International juried exhibition at Remarque/New Grounds Print Workshop, Albuquerque NM, 2021.
  • UnBound10! 10th Annual Juried Photo Show, Candela Gallery, Richmond VA, 2021.
  • 2020 Alternative Process Competition, SoHo Photo Gallery, NY, NY, 2021.
  • 5th Annual Alternative Process Photography Exhibition, The Image Flow Photography Center, Mill Valley CA, 2021.
  • New Photography II: National Juried Photography Exhibition. Academy Art Museum, Easton MD, 2020.

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