Headlands Center for the Arts

Meghann Riepenhoff

california | visual
Affiliate Program 2013—2014
Affiliate Program 2012—2013

Artist Statement

Engaging a breadth of photographic techniques from the hyper-analog to the digital, I explore the role photography plays in mediating the human experience. This work stems from my interest in relationships between the landscape, the sublime, time, and impermanence.

While at Headlands

While at the Headlands, I am working on a series that stems from my fascination with the nature our relationships to the landscape, the sublime, time, and impermanence. Entitled Littoral Drift, a geologic term describing the action of wind-driven waves transporting sand and gravel, the series consists of camera-less cyanotypes made in collaboration with the landscape and the ocean, at the edges of both. The elements that I employ in the process—waves, wind, and sediment—leave physical inscriptions through direct contact with photographic materials. Photochemically, the pieces are never wholly processed; they will continue to slowly respond to the changing environments that they encounter over time. As part of the larger project, I selectively re-photograph moments in the evolution of the images, generating a series of static records of a transitory process which will potentially end in self-destruction. Perhaps where the fugitive cyanotypes are analogies for a terrifyingly fleeting and beautiful existence, the process of re-photographing them is a metaphor for the incorporation and mediation of photography in the contemporary human experience.

Selected Works

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