Water Matters Event
"Landscapes" by Kathie Florsheim
Kathie Florsheim, a Mount Holyoke alumna (class of '69), has been photographing around the seashore all of her professional life. For most of that time she has been interested in the mystery and the ghosts that inhabit those places. She has also been interested in how those influences have been part of her personal history. Much of her work has involved those things, and continues to do so.
At this event she showed slides of her earlier work, as a preface to showing her current work, so that the audience could conceptualize what led to her present work.
Kathie is now working on two related series of photographs, both made along the coast. In the first she is photographing a beach in Rhode Island, which she has been doing since 1988. While her intention is to make a portrait of this particular place, she is also interested in looking at behavior at the beach in general, feeling that it is universal. "There is a familiarity to what we do and how we do it, whether in Narragansett, Rhode Island or elsewhere on the waterfront. It is of no matter that we do it today or if we reflect on how we did it as kids, it is, for the most part the same".
She is also working on a series of images about the place where constructed environment meets the natural environment, at the seashore. Her intention with this body of work is to use her eye, as an artist, to look at the environment. "The way we are using the land and the implication that has for the present and the future are of concern to me. I am documenting the process of over-development along the coast, in the hope of alerting others to the problems we are making for ourselves. I want to involve the viewer in the photographs, in a way that makes her painfully aware of the issues. My intention is to provoke the viewer, to chafe her sensibilities so that she has little choice but to consider the issues".
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