Roots & Nests, an exhibition of photographic works by Christa Kreeger Bowden, opens on Nov. 12 in Washington and Lee University’s Staniar Gallery and will remain on view through Dec. 12. There will be an artist’s talk, followed by an opening reception, on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 5:30 p.m. in Wilson Hall’s Concert Hall.
Christa Bowden, an associate professor of art, joined the faculty at Washington and Lee in 2006. She spent her recent sabbatical year developing a body of work that uses her unique medium of cameraless photography to reflect on profound shifts in her personal definition of home and family. Using a flatbed scanner to capture images of organic material, Bowden then breaks up the prints, mounts the grids on wooden panels and adds a layer of encaustic wax.
The reassembled image expresses the artist’s interest in “how an organic line is broken by a geometric edge, then continued as the viewer’s eye attempts to complete the image.”
Bowden holds her M.F.A. in photography from the University of Georgia. She has exhibited widely and was the recipient of a 2009-10 Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship and a 2005 nominee for the Santa Fe Prize for Photography.
Staniar Gallery is located on the second floor of Wilson Hall, in Washington and Lee University’s Lenfest Center for the Arts. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, please call 540-458-8861.