CQ Sketches for California Quarry, Leaf and View from Space, 2009, digital prints with encaustic, oil, and pigment, 5×5”
Looking at the Planet with Seven Eyes is a series of pieces that started with a satellite image of a Woodstock Land Conservancy parcel (one eye). This pixilated overview is the base for a multimedia work with layers of additional information and imagery gathered from the ground. My husband & three year-old son accompanied me (six eyes) on an exploratory hike, collecting photographs, rubbings, & actual objects that became my palette in the studio.
We each see different things, being of varying heights and sensibilities. Nature is a theatrical backdrop for my toddler, who is making up stories, battles, and creatures based on the caves and groupings of trees we saw. My husband is inclined to see white birches & other mountaintop growth, a landscape he misses from his years living in Westkill, NY, while I am looking for a visual correspondence between the view from space & what I see on the ground, something ontological.
Fawn Potash (Catskill, NY) is an artist, art educator, and arts administrator. She has been an instructor at the School of Visual Arts in NYC for 15 years and pioneered a series of photography workshops at the Catskill Community Center, where she taught camera and darkroom skills as well as visual literacy. Other arts education experiences include leading multimedia workshops through R&F Handmade Paints & the Center for Photography at Woodstock, where she helped shape its educational program over a 12 year tenure.
Her work has been shown at Gallery Ehva, Provincetown, MA; Howard Greenberg Gallery, NYC; Anne Reed Gallery, Sun Valley, ID; & Elena Zang Gallery, Woodstock, NY; among others, and is in collections worldwide including Sony, the Bibliotheque Nationale, and Sheraton Hotels, Montreal. Potash has been the recipient of grants from the New York State Council on the Arts, the Puffin Foundation, the Bell Atlantic Foundation, Fuji, & Ilford Inc. Her work has appeared in publications, including Harper’s Magazine, The New Yorker, Sun Magazine, and Art News.