Thirteen Hours to Fall:
We are pleased to be hosting the first solo presentation of Thirteen Hours to Fall by Margaret LeJeune. This ongoing project takes a unique approach to exploring climate change and first came to my attention as a reviewer at the New England Portfolio Reviews. Thirteen Hours to Fall not only pictures the changing landscape but actually uses the landscape itself to participate in the development of the images. Margaret’s exploration of rising sea levels, focuses not on houses falling into the sea, but on the more subtle process of saltwater intrusion that threatens both drinking water and the vegetation.
– David DeMelim, Managing Director
Thirteen Hours to Fall examines the climate crisis through investigations of contemporary and future littoral zones. This project includes large-format color photographs, photomontage, sculptural book forms, and 19th century-inspired salted paper prints created with water collected at the site of a North Carolina ghost forest. Manifest with the sea itself as a collaborative image maker, water collected from within the growing marshlands is distilled to form the photographic emulsion used to visualize the changing landscape around us.
These works ask the viewer to bear witness to the complex history of this region. Colonial timber industries, plantation farming, and climate change have extensively altered this particular region of North Carolina.
Thirteen Hours to Fall, is being presented in tandem with Landscapes Great & Small: An Update for the 21st Century the first in a new exhibition series to explore current approaches to landscape photography.
Thirteen Hours to Fall: Margaret LeJuene
Solo Exhibition in the Focus Gallery
Opening Reception: May 18th, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m., part of Gallery Night Providence
Exhibition on View: May 18th – June 9th
Artist Statement: Thirteen Hours to Fall
Thirteen Hours to Fall examines the climate crisis through investigations of contemporary and future littoral zones. This multi-media work includes collage, salted paper prints, video, and a sculptural book form. These works ask the viewer to bear witness to the complex history of the mid-Atlantic coast, a landscape dramatically altered by the timber industry, plantation farming practices, and climate change. This interdisciplinary and intersectional project draws from environmental history, geography, and maritime traditions including mapping and way-finding in an effort to define our relationship to this rapidly changing landscape.
– Margaret LeJeune
Margaret LeJeune is an image-maker, curator, and educator from Rochester, New York (USA). She received an MFA from Visual Studies Workshop. Working predominantly with photographic-based mediums, LeJeune explores our precarious relationship to the natural world. Her work has been widely exhibited at institutions including The Griffin Museum of Photography (USA), The Center for Fine Art Photography (USA), ARC Gallery (USA), Circe Gallery Cape Town (South Africa), Science Cabin (South Korea), and Umbrella Arts (USA). LeJeune has been invited to create work at several residency programs which foster collaboration between the arts and sciences including the Global Nomadic Art Project – The Ephemeral River, University of Notre Dame Research Center, Trout Lake Research Station, Huron Mountain Wildlife Foundation – Ives Lake Field Station, and the 2023 Changing Climate Residency at Santa Fe Art Institute. She has been awarded two Puffin Foundation Artist Grants, The Sally A. Williams Artist Grant, and was recently named the 2023 Woman Science Photographer of the Year by the Royal Photographic Society. Her works have been published in numerous publications including Culture, Community, and Climate: Conversations from art.earth press and Embodied Forest from ecoartspace. LeJeune currently serves as Professor of Art and Design in Photography at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois.
Thirteen Hours to Fall: Margaret LeJeune
a look at landscape photography through a the lens of Climate change in 2023
Opening: May 18th, 5:00 – 8:00pm
Exhibition: May 18th – June 9th
Presented in tandem with Landscapes Great & Small: An update for the 21st Century…
a group exhibition featuring: Richard Allen Cohen, Linda Megathlin, Lisa Redburn & Suzanne Révy
The RI Center for Photographic Arts, RICPA 118 N. Main St. Providence, RI 02903
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