Anna Leigh Clem

The Rings of My Limbs
Location: Kingston, NY
Nationality: American
Biography: Anna Leigh Clem is an artist working with photography and other mediums to explore and portray her unconscious ruminations. Compelled by the secret worlds inherent in memories, dreams, and childhood, her work aims to recreate these otherwise... 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: 05/31/17


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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