Anna Leigh Clem

Photo-based Artist
    
Tucked into the Garden Bed
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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Tucked into the Garden Bed
Copyright Anna Leigh Clem 2022
Updated Jan 2022
Topics Beauty, Conceptual, Dreams, Emotion, Environment, Fear, Fine Art, Isolation, Landscape, Loss, Mixed Medium, Pandemics, Photography, Portraiture, Still life, Wildlife, Yearning
(2020–2021)
Archival pigment prints, varied sizes

Inspired by my childhood garden, which no longer exists physically, I searched to rediscover lost innocence. Using my parents’ present-day garden as my guide, I witnessed the full cycle—from the first spears of growth until their inevitable demise. I took photos of what I saw there, trying to capture the essence of place, and myself in it.
 
Entranced by the vibrancy of the summer season, I turned to the anthotype photographic process. Using the flower’s pigment to make light-sensitive emulsions, my garden photographs were impressed upon the botanical distillations by the sun’s rays. The results are like present-time fossils, or jars of preserves, emphasizing the photograph’s inherent stillness and marked "death" of the subject. This act of collection and preservation initially transformed the garden's passing into something more lasting than a bloom, yet due to the instability of both anthotypes and life alike, became an exercise in acceptance—of petals falling to the ground.
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