Mythic Nature and Artist Books
May 3 – May 30, 2023
Concord Public Library
129 Main St., Concord, MA
Saturday, May 6, 2 – 4pm – Gallery Reception
Saturday, May 20, 2 – 4pm – a hands-on experience with the artist books.
Sally Chapman is a photo-based artist who gravitates toward tactile methods of printing and shaping her photographic work. She will be presenting 25 of her framed pieces from her series Mythic Nature along with her sculpted artist books at the Concord Library Gallery.
In the series Mythic Nature, she creates imaginary worlds by decoupling statuary from their stark plinths and recontextualizing them within landscapes created from formal gardens, farmlands, and watery hideaways. She then prints the resulting imagery with cyanotype, a 19th century process, and further adds her hand to the final works by drawing and hand-coloring them with pastels.
The artist books move her photography into sculptural pieces that transform as the piece is unfolded or opened. Some of the pieces are inspired by her imagery and the shape evolves from that idea. Others may start with a given shape such as a wooden block or a cigar box, and the imagery is sculpted, cut, and folded around that shape.
About the Artist
Sally Chapman is a photographer living in Lowell, MA. After earning a BFA in ceramics and photography from Michigan State University, she worked for over twenty years as a ceramic artist exhibiting widely. When she returned to photography in 2010, she was inspired by night photography. She continued to study different photographic processes and techniques and has worked extensively with the 19th century photographic process, cyanotype.
Her solo shows include the Soho Photo Gallery, New York, NY; The Halide Project, Philadelphia, PA; Three Stones Gallery, Concord, MA; and the Arts League of Lowell, Lowell, MA.
She won the Grand Prize in the Living Image 2022 exhibition at The Halide Project, Directors Award from A Smith Gallery, Honorable Mention in the 18th Julia Margaret Cameron Awards, and Excellence in Photography Award at the Rockport Art Association and Museum National Show
In addition to her BFA in ceramics and photography from Michigan State University, Chapman has studied photography in workshops offered by the New England School of Photography, Griffin Museum, MIT, and Harvard University.
Visit the Concord Library website for more info at: https://concordlibrary.org/news-events/exhibits. Or the artist’s website: www.sallychapmanphoto.com
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