Join us for the Skillfully Curled Photography Exhibit
The Alchemy Series
Photographs by Patsy Rahn
In The Alchemy Series, I take photographs of everyday objects and using the basic editing tools on my Samsung Galaxy, I manipulate them to create entirely new images. Through this alchemical journey, the everyday photograph is used as basic material to create something entirely different. The image emerges from the old into the new like a sculpture emerging from a block of stone.
The artist will be in the B Gallery
at Bloomingfoods 316 West Sixth Street Bloomington, Indiana
Friday 6 October, 2023
Friday 3 November, 2023
Friday 1 December, 2023
from 5 to 8 pm
Gallery Walk Night
The exhibit will be up through December 30
I look forward to meeting you there.
Patsy Rahn is a poet who takes photographs.
People often ask me to tell them about my past so I will include a
simple summary here.
After moving in 1966 to
Toronto Canada to attend the National Ballet School, I dropped out of
high school when I was 17 years old. At 18, I joined a theatre
company and for the next 18 years I worked in theatre, television and
film in Toronto, New York and Los Angeles. I retired from acting and worked for a few years organizing conferences, and as an assistant for the artist Sam Francis. I then went back to
school in my 40s and earned a BA in political science from UCLA, and
went on in my 50s to earn a Masters degree in East Asian Languages and
Cultures from Indiana University. I then worked over a decade at the
IU Eskenazi Museum of Art from which I earned my final retirement.
I write both prose and poetry, give public
readings, and publish in various journals and anthologies. In 2018, I published a collection of poetry titled The Grainy Wet Soul. Photography entered my life many years ago when a friend gave me a Pentax camera and
several lenses back in the 1960s.
For many of my photographs, light on a subject is what attracts me. I often like to capture the play of light and dark. I’m interested in the micro as well as the macro and I love the exploration of the abstract in the natural world. I seem drawn to capturing the magic in the ordinary. My goal is to capture the mystery of the moment as it appears to me in that instant.
In the Galleries SKY, NATURE, OTHER, the image you see is the image I saw through my lens. In the SPX Gallery, photos of everyday objects have been manipulated to create a new image, an alchemical journey.
It is my pleasure to
offer these images for others to enjoy. If you are
interested, please visit my poetry website here.
With best wishes,
p.s. The name Skillfully Curled Photography
comes from a poem by e.e. cummings.
included the poem below.