Not Just Dirt: The Belmont Victory Gardens at Rock Meadow
I first encountered the Belmont Victory Gardens looking for a new walk with my family and dog. The idea of tightly packed, fenced community garden plots intrigues me – given I come from the world of large-scale farming, where fields are not measured in yards, but rather in unfenced miles. For me, the Gardens and their environs are a ‘micro’ landscape. They encourage me to take a more intimate look at our relationship to the land: our tools, its seasons, our cultivation and its produce.
“A garden is a complex of aesthetic and plastic intentions; and the plant is, to a landscape artist, not only a plant – rare, unusual, ordinary or doomed to disappearance – but it is also a color, a shape, a volume or an arabesque in itself.”
Roberto Burle Marx, Landscape Architect and Artist
Photographer Ann Boese grew up surrounded by the corn and wheat fields, the lakes and sky of western Minnesota. Frequently working in landscape, her work is rooted in the agricultural world. She is deeply aware of the land; what it produces, its seasonal cycles and how it sustains both our physical and emotional life.
After moving to Massachusetts, Ann began studying photography, first at the DeCordova Museum School in Lincoln and later at the Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester. Ann has exhibited in solo and group, themed and juried shows through the Griffin Museum, the Arlington Center for the Arts, the Lexington Arts & Crafts Society, Lexington Open Studios, and Cary Memorial Library. Ann is a member of the Griffin Museum of Photography and a past founding member of the Photography Guild at the Lexington Arts and Crafts Society. She has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Boston University, with a background in child and adolescent resilience.
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