Stephanie Dowda, All Those Who Shimmer, gelatin silver print, edition 1/5, 20 x 24 inches
April 3 – May 16, 2015
Institute 193, Lexington
“Genius Loci,” Latin for “spirit of place,” comprises several large-scale photographs from Dowda’s Topophilia series. Some of the works in this exhibition were photographed in Kentucky, and some will be revealed for the first time at Institute 193. However, all of the images are united by Dowda’s powerful ability to draw the energy of a physical place through a camera lens. Far beyond mere representational landscapes, the works exhibited in “Genius Loci” are fascinating products of the intersection of the mechanical and the spiritual. They are at once discernable and elusive.
Says Dowda of her work: “Places contain history, emotions and sensations as energy which we experience as visceral feelings transmitted by the natural world. Through my photography, I capture this energy as light onto film.”