"Persephone Rising"
©Joanne Warfield

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MEDIUM: Polaroid Wet Negative Print
Printed with archival inks on archival paper
VALUE: $700.00
OPENING BID: $200.00
SIZE: 11.75" x 9.25" (archival matte 20" x 16")

ARTIST'S NOTE: Throughout history, mythology and fairy tales have served as ways to teach, through the use of metaphor and allegory. Myths show us the strengths and weaknesses of human nature. For my Persephone series I selected one single image to work with. It is a nude floating in water — which spoke to me of dreams and the subconscious — and is the central figure on which the myth of Persephone was recreated. I used the Daylab II to create multiple-slide exposures on Polaroid 669 film, and then scanned the negative wet. Since the results are always unpredictable, part of the process is watching and waiting to see what emerges from this "water world," which is so befitting of Persephone.

"Persephone Rising" was selected as one of the winning entries in the Women in Photography International 20th Anniversary juried exhibition.

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Joanne began her photographic studies with Brett Weston in Monterey, California, in the late 1960’s. In 1977 she traveled to Afghanistan and brought back a wonderful photographic record of life in that country before the Russian invasion. Selected exhibitions include photo l.a. 2002-2003, San Diego Art Institute, Pierce College, Hollywood Library, Gallery 214 (New Jersey), and the Venice Art Walk. Her work is in corporate collections, the Jundt Museum (Spokane, Wa.) and the Beinecke Library, Yale University. Joanne's unique process and nine of her pieces are published in Polaroid Manipulations by Kathleen Carr, 2003. Joanne was featured in the August 2001 issue of TheScreamOnline.

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