Anna Leigh Clem

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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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Copyright Anna Leigh Clem 2022
Date of Work Sep 2020 - Ongoing
Updated Jul 2021
Location Somerville
Topics Beauty, Belief, Conceptual, Dreams, Emotion, Environment, Fine Art, Freedom, Happiness, Hope, Isolation, Joy, Landscape, Loss, Photography, Spotlight, Street, Yearning
(2020–21)
Archival pigment prints

I walk the city streets, seeking solace within this new place—it has been decades since I have been surrounded by so much cement. What I find are metaphors for my personal discomfort in the urban environment. While I now call this place “home,” I am aware that my residency is transient, that I am simply a visitor. I have been in limbo ever since I moved away from my childhood home two decades ago. It was then that I first realized everything is temporary: innocence, homes, and life. From an adult perspective, I have come to recognize this constant shift through experience.

What I learned in the garden of my childhood is that I feel most “at home” in the tunnels underneath the ferns. These days, I take walks on the sidewalk instead of in the garden. As I walk, I wonder how we got here; Nature is only available in constructed pockets, cracks, and crevices. I am but a visitor to nature.
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