Date(s) - October 28, 2021 - December 10, 2021
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Visual Arts Building
By Odette England
Opening Reception, Thursday, October 28, 5 pm
Artist Talk, Thursday, November 11, 5 pm
Degrees comprises large-scale photographs in various forms made by Odette England during and in the aftermath of the Australian bushfires of 2019-2020. England spent six weeks photographing in one of the fire zones and collecting buckets of ash, which she rubbed into the surfaces of her prints. The works speak to loss; the fickle and uncontrollable nature of fire, the urgency of change and of how we learn, forget, remember, and persevere.
Odette England (Australian/British, 1975) is a permanent US resident and lives and works from New York and Rhode Island. She uses photography, sculpture, collage, performance, and writing to explore themes of land, gender, and ritual. Work from Degrees is nominated for this year’s Prix Pictet, the world’s leading prize for photography and sustainability.
Odette England uses photography, sculpture, collage, performance, writing, and the archive to explore themes of land, gender, and ritual. England grew up in a remote, rural, male-dominated farming community. Her parent’s former farm and the many snapshots made by her extended family serve as raw materials and inspiration. She often manipulates her negatives and prints, intervening with their surfaces. She uses expired film, broken cameras, and tainted chemistry. Many of the images England creates are unique, in keeping with the stories they reference. She mixes preciousness and the unrepeatable with low-fi processes.
In collaboration with the Center for Fine Arts Photography