HOME AND AWAY
SEPTEMBER 15–NOVEMBER 19, 2016
And once the storm is over you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, in fact, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.
- Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore
Molly Lamb, a photographer and a poet, draws upon her dual skills of lyrical expression to create suites of images thematically derived from her sense of place. Originally from Memphis, Tennessee, she has always identified as a Southerner. For Lamb, place is the marker of being, its existence redolent of the lives and nature that has passed through or taken hold there. The images in her first suite, Ghost Stepping, have been described as “ethereal meditations” and possessing a “sense of wordless deep feeling,” both tributes to the integumental framework of her writing. She has said the work is the result of “an internal conversation about the reach of the past into the present,” alluding to the belongings inherited from her family and the Southern landscapes which appear throughout.
Whereas Ghost Stepping is inextricably linked to the memories and histories of her past, the second suite, Let It Go, is an impressionistic sonnet to an uncertain future. The nuances of nature form a language of layered eloquence.
The third chapter of her exploration, Take Care of Your Sister, finds her revisiting the Mississippi Delta where her father grew up. Evident in the pictures is a mysticism and myth that permeates all of Lamb’s images. Unlike one of the better-known photographers from Memphis, William Eggleston, whose hyper realistic use of color creates a world of overall surfaces, Lamb’s American South is one of details, the basic elements of earth, water, fire and air perceived through a lens of unanswerable questions, bound emotion and a wondrous imagination.
The exhibition will feature the entire suites of Ghost Stepping (22 prints, 20 x 25 inches) and Let It Go (16 prints, 11 x 14 inches). Take Care of Your Sister (27 prints) will be represented by a selection of a dozen 17 x 20 inch prints and one enlargement (39 x 46 inches). Lamb’s images impart temporal but magical and emotive qualities that unabashedly seek definition while being clear in vision. Her work challenges us to look beyond the frame and to understand photography as a narrative written in a visual language.