'Other Worlds: Dreamy Narratives,' exhibit at Lionheart Gallery
"Other Worlds: Dreamy Narratives by Three Visionary Women Photographers," features works of alternative process photography by Emma Powell, Ann George and Jennifer Schlesinger-Hanson at the Lionheart Gallery in Pound Ridge, N.Y., through Oct. 26.
An opening reception will be held Saturday, Sept. 27, from 4 to 7 p.m.
Lionheart Gallery Director and Curator Susan Grissom discovered the three photographers last year at PhotoNOLA, the annual photo review in New Orleans, and matched a penchant for producing fantastical archival images in each of their work to create "Other Worlds."
In the 19th century, photographers employed processes such as cyanotype, photogravure and albumen to produce black and white prints. Today these processes, paired with digital manipulation, can transform artists' visions into timeless photographic images -- a document to the imagination, Grissom said.
Powell said she "visually traverses the distance between walking and sleeping," drawing inspiration from her photographer parents, along with pioneers in the archival process like Deborah Luster. Powell's cyanotype self-portrait series, "In Search of Sleep," recalls a childhood in which she struggled to slumber, while being regaled by her father's whimsical bedtime stories. Powell searches for extraordinary landscapes that serve as fitting backgrounds for images that make dream-world visions seem timeless and real.
George returned to her passion, photography, after being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and leaving a career in nursing in the early 2000s. In 2005, she came across a photogravure image by photographer Josephine Sacabo which inspired her "to create an image that makes someone else feel what I felt when I saw that work." Her "Evangeline" photogravure series examines the forced migration of the Cajun culture from Canada to Louisiana, to recent devastation caused by Katrina and the BP oil spill.
Jennifer Schlesinger-Hansen, drector of the Verve Gallery of Photography in Santa Fe, New Mexico, came to the archival albumen process after she began raising chickens with her daughter -- a way to use all the extra eggs. The process involves coating paper with egg whites, then nitrates, making the paper sensitive to light. "It produces this wonderful pearly luminescence," she said. The Lionheart Gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. at 27 Westchester Ave., Pound Ridge, just over the New Canaan border. Visit www.thelionheartgallery.com for more information.