Jeri Eisenberg

The work in my long-term series, ‘A Sojourn in Seasons’, steadfastly serves as an affirmation of beauty in the everyday natural world, tinged with the bittersweet - a reminder of the temporal condition, and an elegy for life.  I began this series as my father was losing both his sight and his memory.  With his slowly increasing dementia and the blurring of his vision, much was lost; but an essence always remained accessible.  By using a defocused lens or oversized pinhole while shooting the treed landscape around me, I am able to capture a world that is close to what I assume he saw and grasped.  I repress photography's typical emphasis on specifics and detail, but retain an essence that stresses the medium's expressive nature.  I am happiest when the resulting images fade in and out of recognizable form, echoing our ephemeral grasp on life.

The images are segmented, printed on 3’ long panels of Japanese Kozo paper and infused with molten encaustic medium (a mixture of bees wax and tree resin). I hang the resulting translucent panels from acrylic bars with magnets, so that they float off the wall and cast shadows, moving gently with air currents in a room.  There is an internal luminance resulting from the use of the wax, and an appearance of fragility intrinsic to the use of the fluttering, unframed paper (the waxed Kozo is actuality quite strong and resilient).  The materiality and the seductive surface of the pieces evoke visceral connections, and make the work object as much as image.