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Being in the Land (Rappahannock)

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.

30.5 x 40.5 cm

Robyn Moore

Robyn Moore is a photo-based artist originally from Virginia, USA. Her practice explores the revelatory capabilities and potential of experimental and alternative photographic processes and techniques with a focus on experimental printmaking. Her research interests include deep time, biosemiotics, geology, 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 holds an MFA in Photography and Experimental Film from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University and a BA in Art History from Virginia Tech. In the fall of 2017 she was awarded the PhD in Visual Arts (Photomedia) from Sydney College of the Arts, the University of Sydney, in Sydney, Australia. Her doctoral dissertation Awake in the Woods: Empathic Imagining, Deep Time, and the Archaeology of Animal Life explores how certain visibly material photographic practices can encourage other-oriented perspective taking and, potentially, cultivate new relations to other animals.

Robyn has had her work exhibited internationally, including at the South Australian Museum (Adelaide, SA, Australia) and the National Archives of Australia; Sydney College of the Arts in Sydney, Australia; Gold Street Studios Workshops and Gallery, Trentham East, Victoria Australia; Fotonostrum Mediterranean House of Photography, Barcelona, Spain; IMPACT12 The Printmaker’s Voice, Centre for Print Research, University of the West of England, Bristol, England; Soho Photo Gallery, NY, NY; Houston Center for Photography; the Halide Project in Philadelphia, PA; The Image Flow Photography Center in San Anselmo, CA; Remarque/New Grounds Print Workshop in Albuquerque, NM; The Photographer’s Eye Collective and Gallery, Escondido CA; SE Center for Photography in Greenville, SC; Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center in Cincinnati, OH; the Texas Photographic Society in Johnson City TX; the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art in Laurel MS; the Meridian Museum of Art in Meridian MS; and the Danforth Museum of Art in Framingham MA. She has been the recipient of numerous artist's residencies, including a full fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center (VT) and those at Jentel Artist Residency Program in Sheridan, Wyoming and Signal Fire Outpost residency in Portland, Oregon. She served as an artist-in-residence at San Juan National Forest (CO) and Hot Springs National Park (AR). Robyn is also a recipient of the Mike Ware Award for photography and the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Photography Award.

Robyn has taught photography and film at numerous academic institutions including Marietta College and Sydney College of the Arts in Sydney, Australia. 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.

Birthdate: 29/01/1975

Nationality: American

  • The Print Exposed 2023. Gold Street Studios Workshops and Gallery, Trentham East, Victoria Australia. Recipient of the Mike Ware Award.
  • 2023 Peggy Doole Competition and Exhibition National Small Works. Washington Printmakers Gallery, Washington DC.
  • The 18th Annual Julia Margaret Cameron Awards for Women Photographers. Fotonostrum Mediterranean House of Photography, Barcelona, Spain, 2022.
  • Catching the Light. IMPACT12 The Printmaker’s Voice, Centre for Print Research, University of the West of England, Bristol, England, 2022.
  • 2020 Alternative Process Competition, SoHo Photo Gallery, NY, NY., 2021.


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