Artist Reception - Open to the Public
Thursday, December 2
5:00 – 7:00 pm, Speer Lobby Gallery
When I Was a Girl, a series of digital Iris prints by photographer Ann Chwatsky, will be on display in Shipley’s Speer Gallery from November 15 through December 17. The public is invited to attend an artist reception on Wednesday, December 2 at 5:00 pm in the Speer Gallery.
These images evoke the remembrances of the feelings I had when I was growing up, before puberty, when life was still a mystery. The work stems from my longstanding interest in landscape, particularly the iconic landscapes from China and the American West. These are places that have spent much time in and have responded to in my work. Bridging the traditional landscapes with psychological and personal issues was my challenge.
This group of works is narrative using the computer as a montage tool. The final result is an Iris print. These pieces incorporate multiple ideas (and images) to tell my story. For example, in the piece, When I Was a Girl, I Worried About Being Buried, childhood fears are explored along with images of burial mounds from Korea and China and urns from Italy to make the particular more universal.
About the Artist
Ann Chwatsky is a photographer and an educator. She currently teaches at New York University where she is Coordinator of the Art and Media program at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, Department of Art and Art Professions.
From 1987-1997 she was director of the Master Workshop in Art at Southampton College, Long Island University. She has been a visiting artist at the University of Oklahoma, the University of Patagonia in Argentina, the New School in New York City, and in Universities in Moscow, Kiev, Beijing, and Seoul. She co-leads the Photography as Art/China and Korea programs from New York University.
Photographs by Ann Chwatsky have been exhibited widely in galleries and museums in New York City, the Hamptons, Texas, California, and abroad in Argentina, London, Prague, Russia, and China. In addition, her commercial assignments have been published in Newsweek, Newsday, New York Times, Esquire, Glamour and many other publications. Recently she was appointed to the post of Honorary Vice President of the Association of Women Artists, as well as the Northeast chairperson for the Society of Photography Education. Past awards include the Leica Award, the Kodak Photographers Award, and a Polaroid Grant that was given to her in the summer of 1984. In the late 1980s she received an annual Eastman Foundation Grant. In 1991 she received a Suffolk County Art grant to photograph the vanishing farm families on Eastern Long Island. She recently finished working on a grant from the Sag Harbor Historical Society to photograph the local heritage. This grant will be renewed in the near future.
For more information about Ann Chwatsky, visit www.annchwatskyphoto.com.
When I Was a Girl, I Worried About Being Buried