Myth, Memory, and Violets
Meadow. Woods. Rippling brook.
Sound. Shore. Tideline.
I am firmly grounded in the New England landscape I have known since childhood. Growing up as an introvert in a family of extroverts, my refuge was a field of hay and wildflowers just beyond my backyard – a place to read, write, and daydream as I navigated my circle of family and friends. The wildness of the nearby meadows, woods, and brook were a welcome counterpart to the sameness and repetition of my post-WWII suburban neighborhood.
My current work examines myth and memory, combining my images of that closely observed natural world with personal and vintage photos. This re-imagining explores fragments of time, using a visual vocabulary drawn from field and forest, skies and shore.
Jingles. Bubbles. Fireflies.
Mythic magic above our heads, and below our feet.
And always, always, violets.
Marcy Juran is a visual artist with a practice that includes photography, encaustic and handmade paper. Juran’s focus combines personal narratives with the natural environs of her native New England. She began her work in photography at Cranbrook Academy of Art, where she concentrated in graphic design. Throughout her career in design, she collaborated with numerous photographers, creating award-winning work strongly grounded in photographic storytelling
Her photographs have been exhibited at institutions throughout the Northeast, including the Griffin Museum of Photography in Massachusetts, the Davis Orton Gallery and the SOHO Gallery in New York. Her work has also been published in the online publications Lenscratch and Don’t Take Pictures. In 2017, her book, SALTMARSH SEASONS, was selected for inclusion in the Eighth Annual Self-published Photobook Show at the Davis Orton Gallery and the Griffin Museum of Photography.
Juran holds an A.B. in Studio Art from Brown University, with additional studies in graphic design, printmaking, and photography at the Rhode Island School of Design, Cranbrook, and the Maine Media Workshops. She has studied with Cig Harvey, Valda Bailey, John Paul Caponigro, and Edward Koren. She works from her studio in Westport, Connecticut, and is an exhibiting member of the New Canaan Society for the Arts, the Rowayton Arts Center, and the Ridgefield Guild of Artists.
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