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Ellen Jantzen

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Birthplace
St. Louis, Missouri

Lives in
temp. in St. Louis, Missouri

Website

Tags
digital-print photography surrealism, manipulations, photography, digital, abstract, conceptual

Statement

Reality of Place - 2010

I am intrigued with how a person adapts to their environment; how they are absorbed and changed. I set about to address this through a photographic photosynthesis in this body of work.

Having recently moved to the Midwest after living in Southern California for 20 years I was, at first, unimpressed with my new surroundings. But this move has changed me and impacted my work by forcing me to deal with the reality of a given place. It has helped me pay attention to and appreciate the details of diverse environments.

Having always been intrigued with various aspects of reality, I chose photography as the medium to help me reveal/obscure truths. Traditionally, photography was viewed as an honest replication of the real world. But, as we all know, even from its inception, photographers used their medium to alter, accentuate and eliminate aspects of the "authentic". As I deal with these issues, I've come to realize it is all about the landscape, the environment…. fitting-in, disappearing, blending-in, and perhaps, ultimately embracing.

In this work, I have placed my husband (Michael) in various landscapes and in various poses to both highlight and obscure his presence while celebrating the reality of place.


Back to Nature - 2010/2011

At first, I began this series by placing my husband (Michael) in various landscapes and in various poses to both highlight and obscure his presence but more recently I have been photographing headstones in cemeteries and using these as stand ins for the human form. Since headstones represent a person who has passed, my obscuring and blending with the natural environment supports my intrigue with the vagaries of reality.


Loosing Reality; Reality of Loss - 2011

I have always been interested in alternate states of reality, but looking over my last few series, those initiated and completed since moving to the Midwest from California, I see that I am also dealing with "loss" in some form; loss of friends, home, youth, and the ultimate loss, loss of life. Death transforms us; reality shifts, but to what?

I am intrigued with how a person adapts to losses in their lives; how they are absorbed by events and changed. How does one experience loss? Catastrophic losses usually have a face; think war photos, photos from the World Trade Center, crashes of various sorts but I am interested in personal loss. What does loss look like?

I set about to address these issues through a photographic photosynthesis in this body of work; choosing photography as the medium to help me reveal and at the same time enshroud truths.

In this work, I have placed my husband (Michael) in various environments where a loss of some sort has recently occurred. One of these locations is the interior of a house designed by Michael and built by both of us for his mother about 30 years ago. The structure has gone through a radical evolution from its contemporary inception to being filled with antiques. Recently this home was sold as mother was moved to an assisted living home. Clearing 30 years of accumulation to reveal the naked interior was transformative. To ultimately see a new family inhabiting the space has left Michael with contradictory feelings of loss and resurrection.


 

 

Recent Exhibits

Ellen Jantzen participated in these exhibits:

May, 2014 OVERVIEW_2014
Bruno David Gallery
 
Nov, 2013 Transcending Reality
Bruno David Gallery
 
May, 2013 8 x 8 PHOTO PARTY
Silver Eye Center for Photography
 
Nov, 2011 Man as Object: Reversing the Gaze
SOMArts Cultural Center
 
Jan, 2010 Vessels
Angels Gate Cultural Center
 
Dec, 2009 140 Hour Twitter art auction
Galerie St. George
 
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