April Exhibit: Jennifer Weigel, “Natural Beauty: Trees, Intimate Portraits and StoneSpeak”
About the Artist: Weigel utilizes a wide range of media to convey her ideas and has recently been focusing on photography. Much of her photography touches on beauty, details, patterns, and textures in nature. Weigel’s art has been exhibited nationally and has won numerous awards.
Photography Artist’s Statement: I have always photographed things that catch my eye, especially the more mundane or overlooked those things are. I am particularly drawn to patterns, textures and details of nature. When printing on alternative materials, each photograph is printed as an original one-of-a-kind work in a unique edition of only one.
About Trees, Intimate Portraits: The tree portraits are an ongoing series of close up photographs of tree bark. I love how much history is captured in and conveyed through the outer skin. The surface is armor designed to protect the soft tissue within and to add structure & rigidity. Worn with time, it renews itself while still bearing witness to its past. Scars, burls, peeling paper bark, lichen, insect & animal markings, and signs of human presence each offer a different sense of connection, casting each tree as a unique individual and revealing age, beauty, and hardship.
About StoneSpeak: Stone has an innate eternal presence that draws us to it. We surround ourselves with rock, using stones and pebbles in landscaping, building walls, paths & structures, and even creating new materials by grinding them to dust and reconstituting them into our desired molds. We mark our passing with stones, as monuments to history and to demarcate gravesites and other significances. Naturally occurring rock piles seem to have a welcoming quality inviting interaction; people nestle rocks into cairns & other structures, pile beach stones into formations to see how tall they can be made to balance, and leave pebbles balanced on significant sites.