artist in residence
January 4 - January 29, 2019
Memphis Barbree speaks about her artistic process. Video by Mark Berndt
My process of photography is experiential, intuitive, contemplative and a practice of unity with the moment. This is an extension of my life’s practice of seeing each moment and experience as an opportunity for personal revelation and growth into a more whole being.
The work I have gathered to share during my month as Artist In Residence at Edition One Gallery is comprised mostly of the folio, I New Mexico. This folio is a collection of works from the early days of my photographic practice. Each of the twelve photographs in the folio is named for the place it was photographed, yet each of them is about more than a place. Like the Southern Literature on which I was raised, a sense of place is central to my work, but it is not the whole story. These photographs are about an experience of the timelessness of a moment, the depth of shadow in light, the presence of stillness in motion, the dance of Yin and Yang, and the silence in the center of everything.
The print titled Pilar, New Mexico is of particular significance in the development of my photographic practice. It was the first exposure in which I successfully recorded an event that authentically described a moment as I experienced it, rather than simply a rendition of a person, place or thing. This photograph is also the first photograph that I considered a successful expression as a Black and White fine print.
The prints are presented in frames that I milled, cut and assembled from rough cut walnut and maple. As an artist, the presentation of the work is as integral to the process as the making of the print itself.
Other works that I am sharing, include a long term personal project about U.S. Army veterans who were stationed at Fort McClellan in Alabama. Thousands of these veterans have ongoing chronic health issues that they connect to their time at the military base. Fort McClellan was home to a large segment of the Army’s nuclear, biological and chemical training, testing and storage. This is a work in progress that I started last spring and will continue for years to come. It is currently being expressed as a blog at www.fmvets.org and will be developed in other forms as the project matures.
Available for viewing, by appointment, are other folios of my Black and White documentary and
landscape photographs, and the special Platinum-Palladium process edition of I New Mexico.