Closing Reception Saturday, June 1, 2:00 to 5:00.
Artist’s Talk at 3:00.
The task of life is to become who we truly are. The role of art is to awaken the senses, to find an inner truth by connecting with others across the centuries and with the natural world. As artists we become part of the continuum of those who seek to express the simple joy of being alive. By observation of, say, a flower, or a naked body, or the head of a small child, we make a connection that teaches us about the meaning of life, of love, of the highest part of our psyches. Most people see only the outer form, but the meditation on that form through a discipline such as photography, reveals messages from another realm. We are reminded of an ancient era when spirit inhabited everything in nature, including human nature. My work is essentially a meditation on that connection. I am not exactly thinking. I am identifying with the subject, listening, reading the gestures, and letting it/her/him speak through me.
The act of making a photograph is tied to time: the decisive moment or the endless stretch of imagination –or both. Black and white photography is a language of light and shadow with which I strive to transcend measured time, or with the click of the shutter, to stop time, if only for a second. I want to show you what I see. I want you to love the physical world as much as I do, to be alive, awed and connected to beauty in such depth that your heart will find nourishment and the sharp edges of the day will soften. Perhaps—if I am successful—you can discover a place to rest your spirit, remember a moment in your childhood when each moment was new, full of meaning and you were at peace with the world.
Margaretta Mitchell will talk about her work at a Closing Reception on Saturday, June 1, 2:00 to 5:00.