In her fourth solo exhibition, Ithaka, Hedison uses the temperate rainforest of the Pacific Northwest as a metaphor for the odyssey of life. Through a series of large format photographs, Hedison offers viewers a journey into the intricate and layered tapestry that forms the fabric we inhabit.
Inspired by C.P. Cavafy’s poem, Ithaka, Hedison chooses the Olympic Rainforest as a way of articulating her own personal search, navigating through its depths in similar spirit to her own journey through life.
“I see the forest as the physical embodiment of the unconscious space within. It is a place that is both alluring and fear-provoking. You may want to go into a forest, but when faced with the thick, dense wood of the interior it’s easy to change your mind.”
Known for her images of abstract landscapes that serve as compelling visual metaphors for the journey of life, Hedison once again takes viewers beyond the mere immediacy of that which is tangible to a deeper place of discovery that holds universal resonance.
Through Ithaka she offers a narrative that speaks to the intricate elaborateness of darkness and light, of clear expanses and hindering landscapes.
“This work is not about trees. These images are not about the forest but about the process of discovery,” says Hedison.
Hedison’s series of photographs, some as large as 70 x 90 inches, addresses the complexity of each singular step that makes up the trajectory of our lives, and the equal beauty and chaos that is contained in the tangled web of the journey itself. Through Ithaka, Hedison offers a body of images that speak in a universal way, once again reaching out through her work to a global audience.
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