Hymnal of Dreams, by Elijah Gowin

“Raised in the Northern United States by Southern parents, I have always considered my Southern roots to provide a true sense of home and place.  A slice of family land in Virginia, nourished by stories of relatives long dead, provides the source for my imagery.  In my mind’s eye, this landscape is thick and tangled as are recollections of the place and family I knew as a boy.  I want to understand my human connection to this geography as new place; a realm where dreams and memories are given a material presence.
In this body of work, titled Hymnal of Dreams, I photograph constructions, characters and narratives based on a history that is both imagined and personally experienced.  I often begin with found objects, reconfiguring them in fabricated scenes.  As I cut, bind, pile, or suspend these materials, I retain a sense of their original shape and meaning while also creating new forms that reference the southern landscape.  These constructed images, though alluding to the past, are about a search for meaning in the present.  The way we handle, arrange, and value objects and archetypes reflects our contemporary state of mind.”

Elijah Gowin

 

Ball1999 by Elijah Gowin

Ball1999 by Elijah Gowin

Bird Woman 1999 by Elijah Gowin

Bird Woman 1999 by Elijah Gowin

Bubble Baby 2002 by Elijah Gowin

Bubble Baby 2002 by Elijah Gowin

Cage 1999 by Elijah Gowin

Cage 1999 by Elijah Gowin

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Globe by Elijah Gowin

Globe by Elijah Gowin

Maggie and Orbs 2001 by Elijah Gowin

Maggie and Orbs 2001 by Elijah Gowin

Orions Storm by Elijah Gowin

Orions Storm by Elijah Gowin

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