Vicky Stromee: Envisioning Solitude
July 15 - August 29
This summer we welcome photographic artist Vicky Stromee to the Griffin Musuem in Winchester, Massachusetts for her solo exhibition, Envisioning Solitude. On display in our Griffin Gallery, Envisioning Solitude offers celestial visions and meditations.
The exhibition opens July 15th, with Vicky delivering an informal artist talk about the works at the opening at 6pm July 15th. The exhibition runs through August 29th.
About Envisioning Solitude –
I am interested in edges and intersections of transformation where one thing moves inexorably to become something else. When is the moment when love fades into anger and resentment; when disillusionment erupts into a violent uprising; when order descends into chaos? And when is the moment when war turns towards peace; unbearable grief shifts towards acceptance; or when pain gives way to relief?
In my professional practice I have witnessed the transformation of the human spirit. I am in awe of resilient clients who pick up the pieces of a broken life and find a regenerated purpose.
In this series: Envisioning Solitude, I seek out close-up views of known objects to reveal patterns of color, texture and form, then capture these images and layer them together to create objects of meditation on that transformative process. Central to this series is the image of the moon – a solitary celestial body reflecting the light of the sun. In mythology the moon is alternately a symbol of love, desire, change, passion, fertility, insanity, and violence. Often associated with the feminine, the nighttime illumination provided by the moon offers us a different perspective and cause for reflection.
About Vicky Stromee –
Vicky’s fascination with photography began at an early age. Her father was an amateur photographer and her mother a painter and pianist. From an early age she was immersed in the arts. She got her first Brownie camera at age 8 and began shooting everything she saw. Watching the magic of an image emerge from the developing tray in her dad’s darkroom; spending afternoons lying under the baby grand piano with waves of sound resonating around and through her; texture, pattern, fluidity, and change – these are the earliest influences and they continue to unfold in her work.
Vicky has lived in Tucson since 1976 when she moved here to pursue a Master’s Degree in Counseling at the University of Arizona. When she retired from a long career in counseling, she turned her attention to photography, ultimately finding her niche in photographing natural subjects. Her work with a close-up lens reflects a unique eye for composition and form. Vicky’s work hangs in galleries, as well as in private and corporate collections from Vermont to Oregon. Her work has been featured at Waxlander Gallery in Santa Fe, PhotoPlace Gallery in Middlebury VT and Afterimage Gallery in Dallas. She has representation through Cynthia Byrnes Contemporary Art in New York. Since 2009, 13 of Vicky’s series have received honorable mentions from the International Photography Awards. In 2015 she was selected for ASMP’s Best of 2015 (American Society of Media Professionals) and a Silver Award from the Tokyo International Foto Awards in 2019.
Visit the Griffin
The Griffin Museum of Photography is open Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.
General admission is $9 for adults; $5 for seniors. Members and children under 12 are admitted free. Admission is free to all every Thursday, 2 to 4 p.m. For more information, call 781.729.1158, or visit www.griffinmuseum.org.
About the Griffin Museum –
The Griffin Museum of Photography was founded in 1992 to provide a forum for the exhibition of both historic and contemporary photography. The Museum houses three galleries dedicated solely to the exploration of photographic arts: The Main Gallery, which features rotating exhibits from some of the world’s leading photographers, the Atelier Gallery and Griffin Gallery dedicated to showcasing the works of prominent, up-and-coming artists. The Griffin is also home to the extensive archives of museum founder and world-renowned photojournalist Arthur Griffin. The Griffin Museum of Photography also maintains 2 additional satellite galleries: Lafayette City Center Passageway in Boston Downtown Crossing, in Winchester @WinCam at Winchester Community Access and Media. For more on the Griffin Museum of Photography, visit www.griffinmuseum.org.