A Closing Reception for Faces from the Southern Ocean will take place May 6, 2011, from 6:30–9:00 pm.
J.J. L’Heureux made her first trip to Antarctica in 2000 where she collected digital images of ice and snow for a white-on-white color field series of “landscape” paintings. During this initial expedition she became fascinated by the wildlife and pristine environment she discovered there. Penguins, all types of seals, whales and the unique varieties of birdlife found in the Southern Ocean became living models for her in the setting of the vast, wind-swept, icy landscapes of Antarctica.
Regarding the wildlife portraits in Faces, the Venice-based J.J. says, “I want to share my sense of the intimate relationships that come with experiencing this unique continent and its wildlife. Faces and eyes are among the first thing we register when meeting our fellow human beings. My intention is to introduce the viewer to the faces and eyes of some of the amazing creatures I met and photographed in Antarctica. Inhabitants like the Southern Royal Albatross, the Antarctic Fur Seal, the Emperor and Macaroni Penguins.”
Since that initial trip, J.J. has returned to Antarctica every year and continues to build her extensive digital database. She has traveled as a passenger on a Russian icebreaker, as an art and photography lecturer on adventure cruises, and on her own in a small motor sailor, the Golden Fleece. She also participated in The South African Penguin Study on Robben Island, South Africa, part of a project with The Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB).
Ms L’Heureux’s book, Faces from the Southern Ocean, accompanies the exhibition and is available in The G2 Gallery Gift Shop and online at Amazon.com. Her websites are www.jjlheureux.com and www.penguinspirit.com.