I gave a public art talk at the Preservation Hall in Wellfleet last week and enjoyed sharing some early art work. It was difficult editing through more than two decades of making, photo career, experimentation, and so on. Not unlike finding a box of photos in the attic and finding each one has a deep and and interesting story, “to me anyway.”. So, I found the discipline to edit it all down to 30 minutes and found some philosophical threads and interests that started long before graduate school and that I continue to pursue today. I have been interested in Animism and Buddhist/Hindu thought for a long time. For example, I created a photographic series that I exhibited in Santa Fe in the early 90’s that consisted of black and white imagery with text from the Upanishads. This early work is still in Santa Fe so I can’t show it here. At the Preservation Hall talk, I found myself sharing work from my professional photography life, working as a photojournalist and editorial photographer. Now I am ready to make a longer presentation sharing the fine art work along with current video projects.
The main focus of the art talk was the “pools” series because they were exhibited in the hall and looked wonderful in that space. Thank you Vanessa and Janet! I am going to post a section of my art statement below. I am thankful to the Cape friends who came out to here me share my art story, a work in progress. It makes me realize that have been at this game for a while now.
Here are some early images I didn’t show and a few “pools” images.
Light Painting, Astrology Image
© Jennifer Moller
These pools were formed at the end of the last ice age, approximately 14,000 – 17,000 years ago as the Laurentide ice shelf retreated and left behind kettle holes to be later filled by rising tides and ground water.
The high tide can rise from sea level (0.0) up to 12.4’ over the course of six hours, and then drain away to sea level again over another six hours. Moon gravity creates the high tides, as water pulls away from the earth toward the moon. On ground, I watch a terrapin turtle emerge from the mud and ancient horseshoe crabs mate on low tide flats in spring. No matter what time of year the sound of the marsh is marked by the high piercing call of the marsh hawk.
I set the camera to film a time-lapse in six-hour intervals as I walk the marsh; in winter I see many dolphin corpses and seagulls too. Their forms are clearly visible, a break of the flat horizon line, mounds of flesh later to be taken by tides, claws and hungry beaks.
My camera is a tool for marking time and five years is a short period in the lives of ancient kettle holes. I am watching this natural interconnectedness and taking it for evidence of how the spiritual world permeates the mundane. The dynamic weather and moving tides contrast with these persistent forms, and this beautiful interplay has moved me to record these pools over the course of many years.
Artist Statement – 2015
Still Imagery – POOLS: Mighty Plenitude
Video Imagery – Tidal Immanence