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AUGUST'S FEATURED ARTIST || Anne McMahon

Anne McMahon is a recent MFA graduate in photography from the Rhode Island School of Design, who received her BFA from Columbia College in Chicago. Her recent exhibitions include a group show at Gallery Katz and the Fellowship exhibition at Silvereye Center for Photography in Pittsburgh.

Featured online are selections from McMahon’s recent series of landscapes from her current home of Rhode Island and the land of her birth, Parish of Kilmaley, County Clare, Ireland. In each, she investigates subtle moments and notions that make up space and place. In the Irish suite in particular, she attempts to convey early childhood memories of her physical and sensory environment. McMahon’s images search for emotional experiences in topography and begin to question what features we associate with these locations—rolling hills, sprouting shrubbery, tufted grasses, and glowing light. As a result, she creates a new hybrid location, a memory lying somewhere in between, with traces of both places she calls home.

- Leslie K. Brown, PRC Curator

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PAST PRESENTATIONS

Ri Anderson
July 2005

Jonathon Wells

June 2005

Lior Neiger
May 2005

Rania Matar
April 2005

Liz Daly
March 2005

Steve Deane
February 2005

Andrew Warren
January 2005

Jane Hesser

December 2004

Jessica Burko
November 2004

Amy Montali

October 2004

Luke Snyder

September 2004


Matthew Gamber
August 2004


Mariliana Arvelo
July 2004

Ken Richardson

June 2004

Julie Melton
May 2004

Marlo Marrero
April 2004

Erik Gould
March 2004

Mori Insinger
February 2004

Jen Kodis

January 2004

Amber Davis
December 2003

Paul Taggart

November 2003

Marla Sweeney
October 2003

Dylan Vitone
September 2003

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CURRENT PROJECTS

This recent body of work was started during my final year of graduate school. The images were taken here in Rhode Island and in my homeland, which is titled “The Kilmaley Suite”. In many ways both sets of images are site specific. The images from Rhode Island are all taken on land that was a former farm. It is now used as a public park. The images from Ireland were all taken on the farm that I grew up on.

I am attracted to the idea of site because I love what it can give back, visit after visit. I have always been attracted to the physical space of place, the feel of the ground, the wind, the clouds, the light etc. It is always a wonderful experience when I shoot. It like being an archaeologist, sifting over the many moments that these places hold.

I work in a very impulsive way and I always let my creativity drive me. A lot of the work is driven by emotion and I love how the light affects the film. It give back so much after the exposure is created. Something special has been captured. This is an important part of the process, making the exposure. I work with a 4x5 view camera and I use Portra 160nc film.

My work is very much inspired by painting, especially the work of Constable. I have also a strong affection for the work of Robert Adams and Thomas Struth. There work has a very quite emotion that I enjoy, it is this emotion that I strive for in my own work.

Anne McMahon

 


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