Anna Leigh Clem

Photo-based Artist
    
To be oneself completely
Location: Marblehead, MA
Nationality: American
Biography: Anna Leigh Clem  is an artist who works with photography, text, book arts, video, sculpture, and other media to investigate the nature of ephemerality. Compelled by the ineffable secrets embedded in memories, dreams, and childhood, her work... MORE
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To be oneself completely
Copyright Anna Leigh Clem 2022
Date of Work Jun 2012 - Nov 2014
Updated Jun 2017
Topics Abstract, Adulthood, Arts, Conceptual, Documentary, Emotion, Fear, Fine Art, Freedom, Friends + Family, Happiness, Investigations, Landscape, Love, Personal, Photography, Portraiture, Relationships, Self-Discovery, Still life, Yearning, Youth
(2012–14)
Archival pigment prints, 10"x14"

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.
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