Anna Leigh Clem

To be oneself completely
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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To be oneself completely
Credits: anna leigh clem
Date of Work: 06/01/12 - 11/01/14
Updated: 06/19/17
Location: Hudson Valley, NY

When I step out the door to photograph, whether in my backyard or an unfamiliar landscape, my intentions are at first ambiguous. Like wandering through a dreamscape, meaning is not plainly present. As if my subconscious is speaking to me, visual themes begin to surface and a narrative becomes increasingly clear.

I am able to gain a greater perspective of my surroundings by creating and examining the resulting photographs. With the camera as my tool and nature as my guide, I can see myself from the outside! This project is about being oneself completely, authentically, truly. How can it be done? Or, can it be done? By peering through to my immediate landscape and those I hold dear, I have found several pieces to a greater puzzle. Surprisingly, their jagged edges fit together. It has become apparent that I am in hiding, but from what? Or rather, from whom do I shield my gaze?

I am making peace by accepting that I am not perfect. Maybe I will never be, but a broken tree can still be beautiful. These discoveries are enough to free me: To be myself completely, for now.

By Anna Leigh Clem —


The Rings of My Limbs

By Anna Leigh Clem / Souris, Prince Edward Island — (2013) There’s a part of me that is ready to fall away. I keep searching for the whole, and still I..

Floating Petals

By Anna Leigh Clem — (2020) Handmade, one of a kind paper sculptures created from family photographs Pigment prints on cotton..

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..

Floating Petals (book)

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

The Perennial Garden (WIP)

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


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


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..


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..

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..


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..

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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