In its Main gallery in March, Viewpoint Photographic Art Center presents the photographs of Ann Mitchell in an exhibition titled Meditative Spaces Found While Traversing The Razor’s Edge.
Ann says this body of work is dedicated to exploring the essential characteristics of change. "While my first inspirations were based on my own experiences, I’ve worked to go beyond the specifics through the use of archetypal elements such as water, nature and the occasional human character. At the core of each image is also an exploration of the strong push and pull of longing: whether it’s the longing to find a safe place, or even to feel that we are grounded in some manner. Inspired by a love of surrealist painters, such as Magritte, these images often come to me through meditation, dreams, memories and intuitive explorations. With each image I’m pushing into the feelings that we experience when life changes radically. Fear, happiness, confusion, insight, joy…all of these are on the path we are often forced to take."
Ann Mitchell was born in New York City and raised in California. With a BFA in Photography from Art Center College of Design, she worked as an award-winning advertising and editorial photographer for over a decade. She then left commercial photography to pursue her own imagery and complete her MFA from Claremont Graduate University. Her photographs have been included in a large number of solo and group exhibitions in the western United States. She has also served as curator and organizer of photo-related events. Her work has been featured in numerous publications, and Balcony Press released Austin Val Verde: Impressions of a Montecito Masterpiece, a monograph of the Val Verde project. Ann Mitchell continues to teach and pursue her photographic interests in her new series Meditative Spaces Found While Traversing The Razor’s Edge, a constructed set of psychological landscapes.
You can see more of Ann Mitchell's work at her web site, www.ann-mitchell.com.
Ann Mitchell—Swimming The Infinite, 2013
Ann Mitchell—And Finally, I Dreamed, 2013
Ann Mitchell—In Either Case, 2013
Ann Mitchell—The Long Way Home, 2013