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Degrees by Odette England

Oct 28, 2021 - Dec 10, 2021

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Opening – Thursday, October 28, 5-7 pm
Artist Talk – Thursday, November 11, 5 pm | Visual Arts Building

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.

Artist statement – 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. www.odetteengland.com

In collaboration with the Center for Fine Arts Photography