Jennifer Schlesinger

Here nor there

As I observe my young daughter’s craving for imagination, I see the potential in that creativity and how it could be harnessed to make positive changes for the world. Children have the candid imagination to entertain themselves effortlessly for pure play and invention. In between the adult reality and the purely imaginative one is the magic. The magic is the inexplicable place that lies somewhere between here and there. It is the mystery of the unknown that enchants humans into believing in any given religion or any spiritual path. For humans, it is this mystery that leads to curiosity, which can be the impetus to bring forth solutions and innovations for healing the Earth’s future. The images in this series are my interpretations of these initial magical, mysterious moments of inspiration. These images are influenced by literature, folklore, invention and reality as well as the unexplained and the curious. They can not be attributed to any one given place – they are here nor there.

The prints in this ongoing series are approximately 8 x 4”, and each print is a unique selenium toned, handcoated albumen print in an edition of 9 with 3 artist proofs. The Albumen process, which involves simple egg whites as the base on the paper for light sensitive silver nitrate, serves the intent of the series in that Albumen is the perfect combination of the magical and the scientific. Albumen is a prime example of how the combination of creative innovation and curiosity progressed the photographic world into a major artistic and societal shift at the time of its invention. 

Tales From Above

The images in this series elaborate on the myths and legends of the constellations by giving them life through visual interpretation. The inspiration for these images are the constellation legends that run through many different cultures  including the Chinese, Indian, and Greek myths. I am fascinated with how stories get passed down through generations and eventually take on different meanings and interpretations based on who is telling them, why, and in what context. These vignettes are my interpretations from the stories of the stars.

Jennifer Schlesinger is an artist, curator and writer based out of Santa Fe, New Mexico. She graduated from the College of Santa Fe in 1998 with a B.A. in Photography and Journalism and was an adjunct Professor there from 2005-2006. Schlesinger has exhibited widely at regional as well as national and international venues such as the Southeast Museum of Photography, FL and the Chelsea Art Museum, NYC. Her work has been published online and in print with publications such as Black and White Magazine U.S and UK, and Diffusion Magazine. Schlesinger is represented in public collections, including the Southwest Museum of Photography (FL), the Huntington Botanical Art Collections (CA), The New Mexico Museum of Art and the New Mexico History Museum / Palace of the Governors Photo Archives. She has received several honors in recognition of her work including a Golden Light Award in Landscape Photography from the Maine Photographic Workshops in 2005. She was a nominated finalist for the Willard Van Dyke Grant by the New Mexico Council of Photography in 2005; and in 2007 she was a nominee for the Santa Fe Prize for Photography by the Center and the Eliot Porter Fellowship by the New Mexico Council for Photography. In that same year she was awarded the Center for Contemporary Arts Photography Auction Award in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She was the Assistant Director of Santa Fe Art Institute from 2003-2005 and has been the Director of VERVE Gallery of Photography since 2005.