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2019 SPE Annual Conference: The Myths of Photography and the American Dream / Major support by The Joy Family Legacy Foundation

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Trish Simonite

SPE Member since 2002
Member Chapter: South Central

SPE Combined Caucus Juried Show Trish Simonite Application

The Byzantine Project Artist Statement

As a transnational artist who was born and raised in rural Norfolk, England, and moved to the United States and Texas in the late 1960s, I have focused primarily on photography as the visual interpretation of themes that grow out of my experience across time and geographical space. The majority of my photographic series display my interest in the landscape and in nature. Other themes that recur in my work are time, history and memory. While much of my early work relates back to the East Anglian landscape of my youth, my later work has dealt with the landscape of Texas and the more distant landscape of the Greek Cycladic Islands.

These photographs were taken on the Island of Ios in the Cycladic Islands where my bother has a business and which I have frequently visited over the past 28 years. Ios is reputed to have 365 churches and chapels, one for every day of the year. Many of these are very simple, family chapels. This body of work is essentially documentary in nature, but it is also concerned with beauty, with atmosphere (what one may sense and feel), and with formal aesthetic concerns.

Light, Jesus and Candle, ios, Greece

Lenticular Jesus, Ios, Greece

Milagros, Ios, Greece

Boy Kissing Icon, Ios, Greece

Ribbons, Aghia Irini, Ios, Greece

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