This series was created during a period of loss and represents a metaphorical journey in three stages: one of burden, then knowledge and into liberty. With the wolf representing the fear that holds us back, the series depicts a progression towards its mastery. There are twenty-one 16 x 20 inch images in the collection with each image in a series of 8. They are hand printed with pigment inks, oil glazed and varnished.
I grew up with in the South with people and places that grounded my roots deep into it's soil and my heart into it's personality. It speaks to me its old things that still have purpose, in its soft blanket of pine straw beneath my feet and its suffocating summer nights. I smell it in the strong coffee, in the mud and the paper mills. I see it in the blur of the cotton, the sugar cane fields as I pass by, as well as and the small white churches that dot the landscape. I hear the south in the distant train whistles, in the song of the cicada signaling the dark, and in the accents of the people I love. I imagine it in the storytelling beneath it's branches and so I utilize photography for more than a means l to capture a moment in time. I desire to describe those southern journeys , a fairytale, a feeling of progression through and to something and it propels my artist eye to such a beginning and an end.
In an artful attempt to create images that reflect the sense of nostalgia, I blend modern Photoshop techniques and historical printing out processes as well as photogravure, oils, glazes and waxes. I create images that call to my vintage eye, propelling me to seek different approaches and techniques in the camera, in the computer, in printing, and in paint.
Ann George is an internationally award-winning visual artist who has participated in exhibitions throughout the United States and abroad. She has been published in multiple periodicals and books and has lectured in the United States as well as in Canada. Critics have commented that her photographic approach is mysterious and poetic and continues a pictorial tradition important in the history of photography.
To create images that reflect a sense of nostalgia, George blends modern Photoshop techniques, oils, glazes, and waxes to create texture and depth. She melds pixels, paper, ink and paint to create compelling photographic fusions that celebrate her native Louisiana as well as people, places, and stories that move her.
Using traditional and alternative photography processes, George portrays the role of inspirational storyteller through imagery and looks for ways to satisfy her vintage eye in the camera, computer, printing, as well as in the paint.
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