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“Collecting Pollen,” archival pigment print on rag paper, 20" x 16", 2020

Install detail, slugs and snails made from locally dug clay, 2022

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Tucked into the Garden Bed - Solo Exhibition at Bromfield Gallery
anna leigh clem
Jan 6, 2023

Announcing my solo show, 𝑻𝒖𝒄𝒌𝒆𝒅 𝒊𝒏𝒕𝒐 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑮𝒂𝒓𝒅𝒆𝒏 𝑩𝒆𝒅, at Bromfield Gallery this January 4 - 29. The opening reception is January 6, 6-8 PM. Please stop by if you're in Boston after the holidays!

Inspired by my childhood garden, which no longer exists physically, I searched to rediscover lost innocence. Using my parents’ present-day garden as my guide, I witnessed the full cycle—from the first spears of growth until their inevitable demise. I took photos of what I saw there, trying to capture the essence of place, and myself in it.

Entranced by the vibrancy of the summer season, I turned to the anthotype photographic process. Using the flower’s pigment to make light-sensitive emulsions, my garden photographs were impressed upon the botanical distillations by the sun’s rays. The results are like jars of preserves, emphasizing the photograph’s inherent stillness and marked "death" of the subject. This act of collection and preservation initially transformed the garden's passing into something more lasting than a bloom, yet due to the instability of both anthotypes and life alike, became an exercise in acceptance—of petals falling to the ground.

In this installation from the series, I have combined a selection of photographs, anthotype pigments, altered natural objects, and clay slugs and snails, all sourced from my parents’ garden and surrounding area starting the summer of 2020, when my partner and I stayed with my parents to escape the confines of the city during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Anna Leigh Clem

Anna Leigh Clem is a photo-based artist working with book arts, text, video, sculpture, and other media to explore and portray her longings for innocence and connection with the natural world.
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