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Leah Caroline

Arrangements, 2015, Archival inkjet print, 12" x 8.5", other sizes available, $100
Arrangements, 2015, Archival inkjet print, 12" x 8.5", other sizes available, $100
Arrangements, Weir Farm, 2014, Archival inkjet print, 12" x 8.5", other sizes available, $100
"I have come to my garden," Small Scrolls, 2013, Cyanotype on Japanese gampi paper, 90" x 4", $225 each

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Artist Statement
My works are nature journals; collections and records of plants, life, and myself. I make cyanotype scrolls—an early photographic printing process used to record nature and make blueprints—as well as scanner photograms, and drawings. I often include Hebrew texts, especially Song of Songs, and my own writings. I honor my work's relationship with nature in installations where I create Wunderkammern with the photographs of nature; as well as the actual plants and taxidermy that were used to make them.

Henry David Thoreau said, "The only people who ever get any place interesting are the people who get lost." One summer I was a resident artist at Weir Farm in Wilton, CT, and I got lost. I wandered the woods, collected plants and other natural materials, and scanned the plants in various stages of life. Once, the scanner started before I was ready and it created an image of my hand arranging some flowers. This "accident" became a more intentional series of scans, Arrangements, where I introduced movement and my body. My wanderings (I did actually get lost in the woods) and accidents broadened my practice of documenting, and the materials I use. And they are all—materials, images, texts—accumulating in my wunderkammern.

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