Anna Leigh Clem

Photographer
    
The Rings of My Limbs
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
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The Rings of My Limbs
Credits: anna leigh clem
Date of Work: 07/01/13 - 07/15/13
Updated: 05/30/20

(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 I wish to do is chip the dead away like excess bark, but live trees don’t shed…they grow into their selves and their surroundings. I am not a tree however, so what to do with me?

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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Floating Petals

By Anna Leigh Clem — (2020) Handmade, one of a kind paper sculptures created from family photographs Pigment prints on cotton..
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I walk to break free of the fear.

By Anna Leigh Clem / Souris, Prince Edward Island — (2010-11) My accordion book I walk to break free of the fear. is an illustration of inner mind as sanctuary..
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Floating Petals (book)

By Anna Leigh Clem — (2020) Handmade paper created from family photographs Pigment prints on cotton rag, artist's book, box..
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The Perennial Garden (WIP)

By Anna Leigh Clem — (2012-2020) My childhood home and its’ garden in Hoboken, New Jersey, which no longer exist..
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Turning

By Anna Leigh Clem — (2017-2020) Statement coming soon.
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shapeshifter

By Anna Leigh Clem / Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona — (2016) I dive into the canyon and begin to fly. Never have I soared like this before, not since my last..
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Holes

By Anna Leigh Clem / Hudson Valley, New York — (2012-2016) A hole has more presence than a filled spot, and I have come to notice a few. They are..
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To be oneself completely

By Anna Leigh Clem / Hudson Valley, NY — (2012-2014) When I step out the door to photograph, whether in my backyard or an unfamiliar landscape, my..
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Where the Road Goes

By Anna Leigh Clem / County Cork, Ireland — (2011) While my stay in Ireland was brief, every passing moment soaked through to a heeding heart. It is..
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grounded

By Anna Leigh Clem / New Paltz, NY — (2014) Teenage years are laden with fear, wonder, and self-doubt. In attempt to dissect that strange age as..
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It will become something

By Anna Leigh Clem — (2011-12) As we move away from the purity of our births, we become complex and gnarled like trunks of..
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