Dawn Roe: This Is Nowehere

By  |  August 19, 2013

In the series This is Nowhere, Dawn Roe documents the passing of time in the Smoky Mountains. Roe writes:

In terms of subject matter, I always look first to the common and the everyday. Often this includes familiar interior spaces and, more recently, the surrounding landscape. The portfolio This Is Nowhere relies upon the inherent poetic qualities of the Smoky Mountain region, where the enduring theme of time marks its presence most succinctly. I have no particular affinity to nature, and do not value organic substance over artificial, or imagined. Rather, I am interested in the ephemeral qualities that these materials share with personal processes of recollection and recognition. The slow shifts of the natural world mimic the ever-accumulating matter of our own minds. Our response to both can be simultaneously strange and familiar.

Dawn Roe (MFA, Illinois State University, BFA, Marylhurst University) divides her time between Asheville, North Carolina, and Winter Park, Florida, where she serves as Assistant Professor of Art at Rollins College. Her studio practice involves the singular and combined use of still photographs and digital video, and relies upon the mimetic nature of these media to activate and make visible perceptual inconsistencies between experienced and recorded time. Roe’s work is exhibited regularly throughout the U.S. and internationally.

Her imagery and writing has been included in many print and on-line journals and blogs and she is also a contributing editor to METADATA (an educational component of Urbanautica). Roe recently founded the public art project window (re/production | re/presentation) and serves as the curator. Visit her website here.

Jeff Rich is a photographer based in Iowa City. His work focuses on water issues ranging from recreation and sustainability to exploitation and abuse. Jeff currently teaches photography at the University of Iowa. He curates the OA’s weekly photo series, Eyes on the South.