Anna Leigh Clem

The Home is Inside
Location: Cambridge, MA
Nationality: American
Biography: Anna Leigh Clem is a photo-based artist working with book arts, text, sculpture, and other media to explore and portray her unconscious ruminations. Compelled by the secret worlds inherent in memories, dreams, and childhood, her work aims to... read on
Private Story
The Home is Inside
Credits: anna leigh clem
Date of Work: 07/15/15 - 07/31/15
Updated: 09/19/19


After my childhood home suffered from a fire, “home” became illusive. We moved to a new residence for the first time. I was in an in-between state, displaced. Even after we moved back in once repairs were made, the disruption made a wrinkle in my experience of home. We moved away shortly after. Since then, “home” has become an ephemeral space. It is but a feeling, fleeting. I sense it in the woods sometimes, hidden between the trees. For me and for many, nature acts as sanctuary, a place to be oneself. Within natural spaces I commune with my inner life and remember honest curiosity. Call me mad if you will, but I'll still be hiding in the woodland watching the snails crawl and the mushrooms grow.

I use instant film to energize my creative process: the emergence of each image adds an element of magic to the experience. What would otherwise be a straightforward photograph is layered with serendipity, lending to the content’s ethereality. The pinhole Polaroid process is particularly sympathetic to making self-portraits, as I am able to set up the composition, open the shutter and take my place within the frame. Produced without self-timer or cable release, the photograph records my spontaneous performance within the composition allowing for both the carefully planned and the accidental.


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By Anna Leigh Clem

Fragility Analysis

By Anna Leigh Clem

The Rings of My Limbs

By Anna Leigh Clem — (2013) There’s a part of me that is ready to fall away. I keep searching for the whole, and still I peer down the deep dark hollow hole. What..


By Anna Leigh Clem — Breaking the still water's silence, I dream deeply and find myself back where I once was.

Dancing with Myself

By Anna Leigh Clem — Confrontations of growing up.

A Searching (for Something)

By Anna Leigh Clem — There and back again.
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