Janna Rice

EPHEMERAL PERMANENCE

Janna Rice, Ephemeral #2, 2016, archival pigment print, 20 x 16 inches (image), 25 x 21 inches archivally framed

 

ABOUT JANNA RICE AND EPHEMERAL PERMANENCE

Janna Rice is an artist and educator living in Baltimore, Maryland. She is a member of the Arts faculty at The Park School of Baltimore. In her role as curator for the school's gallery program Janna has overseen the planning and installation of a dozen exhibits in the past three years.

 Her most recent photographic series, Ephemeral Permanence, references the natural world in an effort to consider the transitory essence of being, and to confront her own sense of existential dread. Finding comfort in the transient cycle of Nature, Rice hopes to convey tranquility and solitude in an era of chaos and uncertainty.

This body of work contains two separate series, one created by digital means, the other utilizing traditional photographic techniques, specifically the Sabattier effect. Janna hopes to honor historical tradition, while also embracing modern methods of photographic image creation.

Janna earned an MFA in Digital Design from Towson University in 2009 and a BFA in Photography from MICA in 1995. Exhibitions include Art Karma Kollective at VisArts, Rockville, MD, Women in Contemporary Art at Four Starr Gallery, Stonington, CT, Emerge Art Fair in Washington, DC and San Francisco art MRKT.

 

FROM THE CURATORS OF EPHEMERAL PERMANENCE

The human relationship with nature and how we perceive the natural world can be both poignant and volatile. Janna Rice's work collages and translates elements and scenes from our natural environment into narratives. Some of the work feels like ritual, some a flash of memory, and some a woven mythology. By using a variety of photographic techniques Rice allows us to access stories, redefine landscapes, and see our natural environment and ourselves in a deeper way. 

One of the series in this exhibition invokes staged reliquaries, paying homage to both abundance and decay, and creating a narrative from simple yet fraught elements. Other pieces are more process-based experiential moments. They take a photograph of some element of nature and solarize it, bringing us a fresh view, a window into little-noticed subtleties and a new appreciation for familiar natural forms. A third set of images - triptychs of family photos melded with natural scenes - hit the viewer with pangs of both nostalgia and hope. These works bring to the forefront how natural elements can intensify memory and highlight the complexity of our emotional experience. 

All of these works use nature as a metaphor, a mythology and a reminder. They take moments, scenes and fragments from a vast external world, then arrange and transform them to bring us closer to our own experience, memories, and relationships.