Hi All!

I’m so very excited to share a virtual tour of my Testament Exhibition! My friend Gene Ellenberg put this together for me, and I am so grateful to have such a wonderful, complete document of the most labor intensive,  heart-felt work I’ve ever made.   It walks you through the house room by room, and gives you an intimate look at the photographs, sculptures, and installation works in the show.  This was such a personal exhibition, and is the focused culmination of three years of introspection, research, and hard work.  Each piece in the show is laden with meaning, and works together under the thematic umbrella of love relationships and their endurance of heavy burdens, and the impending release of that heaviness.  I think of the house of a witness to these acts, the carrying of the burden, the act of bearing it, and the act of releasing it.  The photographs are documents of the moments just before release, just before crossing over into a time of rest.  The sculptures represent an Biblical narrative that weaves together ideas of bearing weight, sacrifice, love, and faith.  Symbolic materials such as wool, human hair, clay, ashes, and water are used to further the narrative, referring directly to ideas and scripture that have shaped my understanding of relationships, faith, and perseverance.

Below is the artist statement for Testament.  I hope you enjoy the tour!

TESTAMENT

I am curious about how relationships survive, why they dissolve, how people love one another, and how such love is expressed. In this work, I am investigating heavy burdens and how we carry them. I am interested in the spiritual labor of bearing weight, submission, futileness, and persistence.

To create the work, I rented an empty house for a year, and transformed it into a makeshift sanctuary, a freighted space for constructing photographs. I chose this house because it reminds me very much of the house I grew up in. It has a worn-in, gentle quality, and I felt connected to it the moment I walked through the door. In the photographs, each room is styled with sentimental textiles, trinkets, and colors that I remember from my 1980’s childhood home.

I fabricated sculptural objects for each image, using materials such as wool, linen, clay, human hair, and beeswax. The materials borrow symbolic language from the Bible, and create alter-like, fleshy masses. I imagine the house as a gateway, the silent space just before crossing over. The people in the photographs are in the final phase of bearing weight, moments away from finally laying it down. I am seeking the moment of relief, and relishing in the moments just before it occurs.

I like to know and feel the moment where people fall apart, and saturate my work in it. I want to push at a breaking point, and hold out hope for restoration. These photographs are representations of quiet, ultra-still, delicate moments of raw humanness; the phase just after a laboring, aching fall and at the point when renewal inevitably begins.

 

 

 

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It’s that time again!  This year’s Photographing Women Workshop and Retreat will be July 24-27, 2015! This is one of the most memorable, special experiences for us every year, and we are so looking forward to another incredible experience in the gorgeous Colorado Mountains.  The full description is below!
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Photographing Women Workshop and Retreat | July 24-27, 2015

 

Join us for an intense and invigorating workshop experience that promises to refresh, enliven, and challenge you, and inspire you with incredibly beautiful and personal photographic, styling, crafting, and printing techniques.

We have fallen in love with the Motherwell Ranch, and can’t imagine having our private workshop anywhere else. It is a completely private, breathtaking mountain paradise. Enjoy luxury accommodations, an incredible personal chef, open bar, fishing, horseback riding, hiking trails, and exquisite mountain views. This is a place to re-center, refresh, and create.

Become inspired by four unique sessions featuring stunning models photographed amongst breathtaking landscape. Explore Jenn’s unusual photographic methods and artistic processes, as she guides you through each session, asking and answering questions, and creating images interactively. Learn some of Jenn’s artistic processes in posing, lighting, styling, costuming, set design, and fine photographic technique. Learn to create a portable outdoor studio, a hauntingly beautiful set with a shallow tank of water, and digital tintypes as we costume and photograph models amongst horses, wild elk, and inspiring natural surroundings.
Sunday afternoon and evening, students will work one on one with beautifully styled models in stunning locations, and create images for portfolio review the following morning. Monday, learn interactively as Jenn shares her digital finishing and styling methods for antiquing her images and preparing them for printing.

Come relax, refocus, and energize your love for this incredible craft in this intimate, personal, and resonant climate. We are excited for a wonderful new group of photographic artists and thinkers, and truly look forward this great adventure together.

Cost for the workshop is $1850 and is all-inclusive. Tuition includes luxury accommodations for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening, incredible meals with a wonderful private chef, open bar during your stay, and ranch activities such as hiking, fishing, and horseback riding. Tuition is collected at the time of reservation, and is non- refundable. If you are unable to fulfill your reservation and we are able to fill it with someone on our waiting list, we are happy to reimburse you.

Motherwell Ranch is located just outside of Steamboat Springs, Colorado. We strongly encourage guests to fly into Yampa Valley Airport, as it is minutes from the gates of the ranch. You may also fly into Denver International Airport, and we are happy to help arrange a carpool with other attendees also coming from Denver.

Space is limited to 15 students, and is filled on a first come, first serve basis.

Please email to make your reservation at olivegirl@me.com.

 

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Hello Friends!

I’ve been teaching workshops, and speaking to groups for years.  I love teaching. Love love love it.  Seeing someone light up, or re-invent, re-invigorate, or just finally ‘click’ is so rewarding.  I have met so many fascinating people, and I’ve made some very close friends.  It’s something pretty special, especially in art-making.  Joining forces with someone, throwing ideas together in a pot, mixing them around, and seeing what new concoction is brewed.  It’s an honor, really, and a huge part of my happiness.

Since I’ve been teaching, folks have asked if I’d consider private mentoring.  Until now, I’m afraid I’ve never had the time at home to make it happen.  Finally, I’ve been able to carve out that time, and I’ll be taking on a few students at a time in private online mentorships.  There are a few options, and they’re posted below.  Of course, if you have questions, just send me a note. I’d be happy to chat with you about it.

I hope the New Year is off to a spirited start for you all.  I’ll be posting lots more soon about new work and new adventures.

Cheers!!

 

TWO HOUR ONLINE PORTFOLIO REVIEW | $300

Detailed Review of a Selection of your Photographs:
Ideas for improving the current work, posing, lighting, design, print, digital artwork Help editing the portfolio to the strongest core
Help with unifying ideas, conceptualizing current and new work
Identify strong themes, assign language to your personal photographic style

AND/OR (Time Permitting)

Detailed Session Review:
Review a complete session roll; all photographs taken in a single photo shoot.
Look for themes, habits, successes, and opportunities for improvement
Understand your language, timing, pace, comfort zones, and where you can push more. In depth look at posing, lighting, styling, communication, and photographic method

THREE MONTH MENTORSHIP | $950

Personalized Curriculum based upon your needs and ideas One-hour online meeting/review every two weeks
Written check point/Q&A every other week

Detailed Review of a Selection of your Photographs:
Ideas for improving the current work, posing, lighting, design, print, digital artwork Help editing the portfolio to the strongest core
Help with unifying ideas, conceptualizing current and new work
Identify strong themes, assign language to your personal photographic style

Review a complete session roll; all photographs taken in a single photo shoot.
Look for themes, habits, successes, and opportunities for improvement
Understand your language, timing, pace, comfort zones, and where you can push more. In depth look at posing, lighting, styling, communication, and photographic method

Some of the things we can work on together:

Bi-weekly personalized challenges, or assignments to push you further Working with models, posing, lighting, styling, communication
Camera work and photographic technique
Setting goals for your work: publication, exhibition, commissions, etc. Create a concise, conceptual print portfolio

Review of work for print competition or juried exhibitions Marketing your work, making yourself visible
Preparing for portfolio reviews
Writing a powerful artist statement

Pricing and editioning your work
Styling, set design, use of objects, conceptualizing ideas
Determining personal style and signature
Digital artwork and editing
Learning to self-inspire and translate ideas
Help reaching the core of what your work is about, what it means, why you make what you make Taking inspiration to execution

PRIVATE WORKSHOP IN ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO

A Private, personalized intensive workshop for 1-3 people Two days: $4000
Three days: $5000
Meals, Lodging, and Travel are not included.

Private, Personalized Instruction at Your Own Pace:
Together, we’ll create a curriculum tailored for you, based upon your needs and ideas. We will formulate a full schedule, including live photography, digital artwork, portfolio review, and your special requests. You’ll have access to my garments and props, on location studio, shallow tank for water images, professional styling/hair and makeup services, stunning models, and incredible, unique locations.
Work in the mountains, wooded areas, open desert plain, natural light studios, or beautiful, rustic southwestern interiors. If you have an idea for a specific conceptual portfolio, I can help you scout specific locations, and source models that will suit your idea.
Create new photographs, work on them digitally, and return home with an original, polished portfolio of work.
New Mexico is a magical, spiritual place. Come relax, slow your pace, and allow yourself to play, and try something new. Photograph JUST FOR YOU, and create personal, meaningful images.

 

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Hi Friends!

Here is the documentation of the exhibition, including original photographs, statements, and images of sculptures and installation that were part of the show.  Stay tuned for more information about the core and meaning of each piece. It’s surreal, feeling the build up and tear down of such a personal exhibition, and such a pivotal time in my life.  Enjoy the images, I’ll report back soon!

 

 

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Well, it’s taken the better part of two years, lots of mountain top moments, and plenty of heartache.  The new work is finally realized, and that is the mountain-est of mountain top moments. I pushed myself as far as I could to make this work, hung out in all sorts of uncharted territory, learned to work with new materials, and see the process making photographs in a completely new way.  This body of work is the most intimate, most personal work I’ve ever made, and I didn’t hold anything back.

Below is the artist statement for the work.  Stay tuned for images of the installation and sculptures that accompanied the photographs in the opening exhibition, along with a virtual tour of the show.

I’m so excited to finally share this journey with you, I hope you enjoy the photographs!

TESTAMENT

In my work, I revisit themes of human fragility, pain, and eventually, recovery. I am attracted to vulnerability, to peeling back a skin that reveals something precious, dark, and insistently tender. I am compelled by the moments where people are on an edge, barely laced together, befriending disaster, remembering something, or exposing something.

I am curious about how relationships survive, why they dissolve, how people love one another, and how such love is expressed. In this work, I am investigating heavy burdens and how we carry them. I am interested in the spiritual labor of bearing weight, submission, futileness, and persistence.

To create the work, I rented an empty house for a year, and transformed it into a makeshift sanctuary, a freighted space for constructing photographs. I chose this house because it reminds me very much of the house I grew up in. It has a worn-in, gentle quality, and I felt connected to it the moment I walked through the door. In the photographs, each room is styled with sentimental textiles, trinkets, and colors that I remember from my 1980’s childhood home.

For each photograph, I fabricated sculptural objects using materials such as wool, linen, clay, human hair, and beeswax. The materials borrow symbolic language from the Bible, and create alter-like, fleshy masses. I imagine the house as a gateway, the silent space just before crossing over. The people in the photographs are in the final phase of bearing weight, moments away from finally laying it down. I am seeking the moment of relief, and relishing in the moments just before it occurs.

In the opening exhibition, each room included photographs, textile works, and objects.    If you looked carefully, you would see each stage of a sheep’s wool, and it’s evolution from the animal’s fleece to finished woven cloth.  Wool is shorn, picked, washed, carded, spun into yarn, dyed, and finally woven into a functional woven or felted textile. The sculptures and installations in the exhibition use Biblical imagery and symbolism to speak to specific moments of awareness in my spiritual journey.

I like to know and feel the moment where people fall apart, and saturate my work in it. I want to push at a breaking point, and hold out hope for restoration. These photographs are representations of quiet, ultra-still, delicate moments of raw humanness; the phase just after a laboring, aching fall and at the point when renewal inevitably begins.

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  • Dana - These are stunning and extremely emotionally charged. Beautiful work.ReplyCancel

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