Morganna Magee. Meeting Place. Limited Edition.
Print- Size 24 x 30 inches
Moab Juniper Baryta Rag 305gsm Edition of 20
About the Work
From the series "Extraordinary Experiences"
Definition of haunting: having qualities (such as sadness or beauty) that linger in the memory : not easily forgotten
Extraordinary experiences ( 2020- ongoing) uses photography as a conduit for emotional interpretation of reality during a time of turmoil.
Created in the streets near where I live, on the traditional lands of the Woi Wurrung, Bunurong and Boon Wurrung people, the images are made on places of traditional significance that are now open bushland.
The resulting images come from an intuitive response to my surroundings, the images interplay with photography’s ability to make eternal what is fleeting. Through in camera and in scanner manipulations these images exist through intervention, sometimes by the artist, others by the unseen atmosphere that surrounds what is photographed.
There are a set of psychological phenomena that can happen to the bereaved, loosely named Extraordinary Experiences. One of them is a visual apparition of or "seeing" the loved one. This work allows me to make tangible those feelings, the apparitions of emotions, memories, and dreams embed grief into the photographs. These images explore the idea of being haunted by the past, of reckoning with history, and the eternity of the natural world.
Morganna Magee is a based in Melbourne, Australia, living and working on the land of the Woi Wurrung Bunurong and Boon Wurrung people, the foothills of the Dandenong ranges. Her work has been awarded and exhibited both nationally and internationally recognised by institutions such as The National Portrait gallery Australia and Miami Art week. She is a founding member of Lumina Collective an Australian collective of award-winning women and non-binary photographic artists breaking ground in visual storytelling and dissemination.
Follow Morganna on instagram @morgannamagee.