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DM Witman is obsessed with themes of ephemerality, biology, symbiosis, and finding a way to make the intangible tangible; a consequence of both her art and scientific trainings and curious nature

HER WAY OF WORKING IS VERY EXPERIENTIAL. "WHILE I'M OUT IN THE WOODS, I AM INSPIRED BY THE FEELING OF THE PLACE, BOTH LITERALLY AND FIGURATIVELY, LEADING ME TO COVER MY BODY IN MOSS, OR PLUNGE INTO THE SEA". THIS INVESTIGATION OF PLACE AND TIME LEADS TO A SYNERGY WHICH MERGES THE MEMORY OF THE LANDSCAPE AND ITS BIOLOGY INTO THE PRESENT, CREATING SOMETHING NEW.

SHE WORKS WITH A PINHOLE CAMERA BECAUSE OF IT’S CAPACITY TO SHARE THIS SYNERGY. MOVING THE SHIM ACROSS THE PINHOLE TO ALLOW THE LIGHT IN, FOR THE MOMENT (SECONDS, MINUTES, OR HOURS) TO RECORD ON THE FILM HAS BECOME RITUAL FOR THE ARTIST. METAMORPHOSIS IS A FREQUENT CONSEQUENCE OF THE PROCESS, WITH UNEXPECTED FORMS SLOWLY EMERGING AND UN/BECOMING. A MEASURE OF EXISTENCE, A RHYTHM WITH THE EARTH’S BREATH, A COMMUNION WITH THE CRUST OF DEAD LEAVES AND SOIL THAT GIVE LIFE AND SHAPE TO MY IMAGINATION AND BEING.

THESE IMAGES WERE CREATED IN CAMERA WITH ONE NEGATIVE EXPOSED USING A LARGE FORMAT PINHOLE CAMERA.

DEANNA IS A VISUAL ARTIST, EXPLORER, AND TEACHER WORKING IN PHOTOGRAPHIC MEDIA. SHE HOLDS AN MFA IN PHOTOGRAPHY FROM MAINE MEDIA COLLEGE AND A BS IN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE FROM KUTZTOWN UNIVERSITY. SHE IS CURRENTLY TEACHING AT UNITY COLLEGE AND SERVES AS FACULTY AT MAINE MEDIA WORKSHOPS + COLLEGE, ROCKPORT, ME.