Virtual Artist Talk: Enfield, Keefer & Rainwater
Jill Enfield, a fine art photographer, educator, curator and author has been teaching photography for many years with a concentration on historical techniques and alternative processes. The photographs in this exhibition embody a physical display of heritage, genealogy, and homeland. Using 19th century wet collodion ambrotypes with digital scanning and 21st century printing, Enfield’s Glasshouse invites viewers to walk into a room covered with the faces of immigrants – reinforcing the harrowing and precarious nature of immigration itself.
Jane Rainwater’s installation work seeks to engage the viewer with its seemingly innocent decorative design, yet upon closer examination, the work challenges and questions our attraction by revealing darker truths. Rooted in the tradition of botanical and scientific illustration, silhouettes of seemingly real plants and animals are in fact carefully constructed from silhouettes of weapons.
John Keefer’s paintings are large, dramatic, and beautifully rendered metaphoric representations of the artist’s inner turmoil with the current social and political affairs from around the world. Keefer pessimistically states,“My paintings are me being dragged kicking and screaming into a meaningless present.” The paintings depict overwhelming distress, as ships and planes erupt in flames as muddled, muted pallets of smoke become the focal point. The viewer begins to wonder who or what are on these ships? Is it a battle or an accident?
This virtual artist talk will be hosted on Zoom. The link to register is as follows: Virtual Artist Talk: Enfield, Keefer & Rainwater