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SAMANTHA WALKER

SAMANTHA WALKER

Artist Work

Coos Canyon No. 2
2006
photography
11x14
Cunningham Falls No. 4
2005
photography
11x14
Coos Canyon No. 4
2006
photography
11x14
Coos Canyon No. 3
2006
photography
11x14

Artist Information

County
Washington County
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

Artist Statement

My “Rocks & Ice” work has been seen as many things. People have told me they think it looks like neon lights, fish, a topographic map, or even that I’ve manipulated the negative. The work is simply close-ups of rocks and ice. I see it as a skeletal representation of nature. The photographs do look somewhat like a skeleton, a “bare bones”– black and white interpretation of the organic form. These works were two years in the making. They are from two different locations; Cunningham Falls in Maryland and Coos Canyon, Maine. The Cunningham Falls work is visually darker and is the more skeletal in appearance. The photographs are of water trapped under a thin layer of ice. Ice had formed little lines across itself from freezing, melting and refreezing and that immediately captured my eye. The water underneath was running and little bubbles were forming. The Coos Canyon work is a little more representational, but it reflects the repetition of lines from Cunningham Falls. The canyon was full of rounded rocks and boulders that had layers of different types of minerals running through them forming stripes. The effect was stunning. I drew a connection between this geologic happening over millions of years and the comparable immediate freezing, melting and refreezing of the ice at Cunningham Falls. The most notable parallel between the two is the striking white line that appears in almost all of the images. In the Coos Canyon photographs, it is the crest of the water line on the rocks that sometimes swerves up and around. It is strikingly white and breaks the darkness of the water. In the Cunningham Falls works, the white line is the white line that breaks away from all the others. It offsets the composition and pulls the eye. -edited for length

Artist Bio

I was born and raised in Romney, West Virginia in 1983. I attended Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia and recieved my B.F.A. in photography in 2006. I concentrate mainly on doing freelance photography, and I focus on abstract photography. I currently reside in Hagerstown, Maryland and have been featured in numerous local and regional exhibitions.