My interest in travel began as a young girl when I listened to my father’s tales about exotic places he visited and adventures he had as a young man. As an adult, I’ve had the good fortune to travel to various countries around the world, and to capture the essence of people’s daily activities, as well as the majesty of animals in their natural habitats.
The photographs in Journeys Beyond… represent my travels to Burma and India, and to countries of eastern and southern Africa. The vibrant colors of Burma and India are permanently etched in my memory, as are the scenes of daily life and the stories reflected in the faces of the people. The gracefulness and beauty of the animals of Africa, and the stunningly serene and tranquil landscapes of the African bush, forest, and savannah have inspired my husband and me to return to this amazing continent many times.
I am so pleased to share my photographs with you, the viewer, and perhaps fellow traveler. Each photograph has a story; each photograph has a memory; and each photograph serves to conjure up a larger world – a world beyond, a world of different cultures and different traditions, and an extraordinary world where animals roam free.
"Rainy Po", by Andrew Tess is a coming of age story about a 22 year old girl living in Berlin in 1938.
The character - of Tess' creation - contemplates her Jewish identity and family's traditional values, as she is arranged into a religious marriage. Her desire to question and explore life beyond the limitations of her upbringing is met to an unsettling actualization of antisemitism in a place she once called home.
Tess’s use of makeup and coffee in many of the works offer a sense of familiarity to the situations existing within the pieces. He looks to understand the fragility of beauty.
book from the exhibition, from which a portion of the proceeds will go to the SHARE Foundation, is on sale HERE
"Scraps is a study of being small. It is an experiment in what happens when one thing is placed next to another. The series of paintings were created simultaneously with the selected texts, although not originally intended for integration. The use of cleaning products on salvaged and recycled materials is a display of movement and transformation. Nothing is as stagnant or insignificant as it seems. In placing a piece, a part, a scrap of poetry alongside seemingly as small, something greater may occur. Scraps is about opportunity, humble power, and and an exploration of unlikely ends."
"The exhibition stems from an experience I had while swimming in the Andaman Sea. A torrential downpour ensued. The sky turned white and the water’s surface vigorously bubbled. I floated on my back, enjoying the fall of the rain as it hit the roof of my open mouth. It caused a tickling sensation—simultaneously exciting and calming.
The paintings portray otherworldly landscapes that are rooted in reality. The scenes are constructed using natural elements such as water, earth, and air, but they also depict fantasy. The works invite the viewer to become visually immersed in their vivid color, multiple layers, and complex forms and ask if perception can transform the mundane world into an experience of ecstasy."
"Judge Me: We Are All Expressionism" invites the onlooker to judge the work as emotional experiences rather than depictions of illusions or realities. This notion is most apparent on the prints sized as "Instagram boxes."