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Sunday, September 1, 2013

Clemson University MFA Candidate Aubree Ross' Photography Wins Silver Award in August 2013 Issue of ArtAscent!

ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal presents various explorations of a single theme. Each issue adventures into a new theme, with the intent to showcase diverse creative explorations of that theme via various media, including paintings, drawings, photography, mixed media, installations, ceramics, jewelry, sculpture, poems and stories.

Aubree's work, which appears on pages 15 through 18 of the August 2013 Issue #2, "Mother Earth.", received a Silver Award. Works featured are, Untitled Alavon #09, digital photography, 14 x 9 inches; Untitled Alavon #18, digital photography, 14 x 8 inches; and Untitled Alavon #06, digital photography, 14 x 10 inches.

"In her ongoing series of untitled photographs, Contemporary Narratives, Ross grapples with themes of transformation," writes Seward "-- from brokenness to healing, from weakness to strength, and from victim to survivor -- within the reflective context of the natural environment the female figures in the photographs inhabits.

" 'Art is something that moves your insides into the physical world," artist Kiki Smith once said. And, much like Smith, Ross' excavation of her internal world brings with it feminist meditations on the female body and its oneness with the natural world -- for good or for bad -- as well as issues of gender, identity, and transformation."

Dannette Seward is a freelance writer who has ghostwritten articles and artist profiles, and contributed to exhibition catalogs for a number of wart world luminaries.  She received her undergraduate degree in art history from the University of Minnesota, and has serves as a cultural attache in the U.S. diplomatinc corops to its embassies abroad.  She currently divides her time between Washington, D.C. and Hydra, Greece.

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