Anna Leigh Clem

Photographer
    
Blue Cento
Location: Somerville, MA
Nationality: American
Biography: 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. Compelled by the secrets inherent in memories,... read on
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Blue Cento
Copyright anna leigh clem 2021
Updated 11/03/20
(Printed 2019–20)
9”x11” toned cyanotype prints on masa paper

The sensation of being stuck inside of oneself, as if in a locked chamber, is a feeling that I have come to know well. While there are joyful discoveries made through introspection and contemplation, this mental attention to detail can also lead to over-analysis and anxiety. As an introvert, all this occurs quietly, from the “indoors” looking out. In this work, I have made a visual poem, a cento brought together from a five-year period particularly fraught with depression and uncertainty. All printed using the cyanotype process; the images are combined in varying shades of blue, a color that represents calm as well as melancholy. Now on the other side of this dark period, I analyze and memorialize these years of my young adulthood in order to remember as I pass the threshold and out the door.
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