Preservation and Decomposition: Jenna Avriel Rice at PlatteForum
Jenna Avriel Rice has been deeply engaged and passionate about photography and telling stories through imagery for 15 years. She has traveled worldwide as a freelance photographer, developing heart-felt connections with her subjects. Her work at PlatteForum culminates a ten-year relationship with her 96 year- old adopted grandmother, Helen Kneale, who has filled her homesteaded mountain home with a lifetime of collected objects.
Memories are encapsulated in the carefully preserved objects, but, as she has grown older, Helen has realized that the one thing she cannot preserve is her own body. Jenna has been documenting Helen’s process of aging, along with photographing her house full of hoarded objects, During her residency, Jenna will create an installation that expresses this complex process of preservation and decomposition… a deeply felt story of a elder. Jenna will work with ArtLab teens to explore the theme of “capturing memories” from their elders. PlatteForum will be transformed into a world of multi-generational stories where viewers are seeped in the richness and diversity of life, and perhaps inspired to learn more about the lives of their elders.
Preservation & Decomposition - at PlatteForum, August 2 -31, 2012.