Anna Leigh Clem

Photographer
    
The Perennial Garden (installation)
Location: Somerville, 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 Perennial Garden (installation)
Credits: anna leigh clem
Updated: 01/25/21
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(2016-2021)

My childhood home on Bloomfield Street no longer exists. Although it was just an ordinary building with a backyard garden in Hoboken, NJ, it was a sanctuary to me, a place of magic and imagination. With my childhood sanctuary literally raised and replaced, I find myself returning there in my mind, and in my work, searching for what has been lost in adulthood. By excavating remembered stories, dreams, and family photographs, I have found that underneath the layers lies a deep desire for the refuge and freedom of imagination that I thought I would always have.

The Perennial Garden chronicles my process of looking back at the past like a voyeur, cloaked in its golden glow; obsession with preservation; questioning the photographs' role as a crutch for memory, one with limitations that I explore; and finally leaning into creativity within the medium as an outlet to freedom, as the process of making art is my present-day sanctuary.

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