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Artist Notes ~ Renee Peck

Renee Peck "Multiples"

Born in San Luis Obispo, CA in 1983 Renee Peck works primarily in self-portraiture, investigating identity, transitional states, and the search for self. She is drawn to photograph the figure in the landscape, often utilizing movement and long exposures to communicate emotion and mood. Currently working with a 4x5 camera, Renee has worked with many different cameras and photographic processes. She recently graduated with a Masters in Photography from the Academy of Art University. Renee also holds a BFA in Fine Art with an emphasis in photography from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

"My current body of work addresses my state of mind in relation to the space I inhabit, figuratively and literally. It reflects the search for self that I am constantly moving through. Identity, whether chosen or innate, fascinates me, but I often find it elusive. My images depict my figure, often in motion, sometimes at rest. This variation in the solidity of my physical form references the transitional state that I find myself in. With any time of transition come many emotions: vulnerability versus confidence, fear of the unknown, insecurity. However, confusion and isolation are interspersed with moments of pure unadulterated joy and excitement at the thought of endless possibilities. My photographs reflect this tumultuous mixture of emotions that seem so much closer to the surface in these moments of restlessness. Location plays a significant role in my images, and is chosen purposefully. A paved road disappearing into a dense fog suggests a journey without a knowable destination. A decaying, collapsing structure indicates an end, as well as the crumbling of the established self. As time passes, structures and man-made objects don't last, and neither will we. There may be grief for what has been lost, but there is also promise in the future. When I photograph myself in a space, I think and move intuitively according to the emotions brought up in response to that place, in that current moment, knowing that it will never be replicated. I use a 4 x 5 view camera and color slide film to make these images. The color palette is minimalistic, soft, and subtle, adding to the ethereal quality of the images."

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