Artist StatementPictured are 2 images from the series, The Sky is Lemonlime 2014 and 4 images from The Earth Is Intimate 2017. Both bodies of work explore my interest in the natural world and color. In The Sky Is Lemonlime, I assemble multiple real landscapes to create a new imaginary place or abstract compositions of vibrating color. I am interested in the way the external world resonates and mirrors our internal worlds and suggests both our macro and microcosmic connection to the world. In The Earth Is Intimate, I return once again to the garden, a place of sensual delight where narratives of the Garden of Eden and Alice in Wonderland comingle with my thoughts about mortality and identity. Jenee Mateer
Jenee Mateer is a photographer, video artist, and Associate Professor of Photo Imaging and Chair of the Department of Art + Design, Art History, Art Education at Towson University. Her work has been exhibited widely, including at the ArtHamptons Art Fair, Biggs Museum of American Art, Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Jordan Faye Contemporary in Baltimore, Los Angeles Center for Digital Arts, Masur Museum of Art, Newport Art Museum, Rhode Island Foundation, San Francisco Art Market, Scope International Art Fair in Miami, and Texas Contemporary Art Fair in Houston. She is the author of The Animals (2012), her essays and photographs have appeared in This Is Visual Poetry (2011), the 1st International Photography Annual (2012), The Photo Review (2012), Masters of Photography (2012), Philosophy of Photography, Vol. 4 (2013), and Alphabet (2016), and her photographs are in numerous private collections, including China Trust Bank. She received an Award of Merit in 2012 from the Maryland Federation of Arts Gallery, a Faculty Development and Research grant from Towson University in 2014, and honorable mentions for work in the Santa Fe Workshops contest, Water, in 2014, the New York Center for Photographic Art’s MACRO in 2016, and A. Smith Gallery’s exhibit, Alphabet, also in 2016.