Jennifer Schwartz Gallery will feature the exhibition “Taken by the Fog” a collection of x-ray photographs by Lisette de Boisblanc on Thursday, March 3, 2011 and continuing through Saturday, April 2, 2011. The gallery will host an opening reception on Thursday, March 3 from 6 until 9 P.M. in conjunction with the First Thursday Buckhead Art Walk. The event is free and open to the public.
“Taken by the Fog” is a collection of photographs inspired by de Boisblanc’s grandmother’s ruined doll collection after Hurricane Katrina. Lisette began to x-ray the dolls as a way to document their ruined structure, but the process created a curiosity for what was hidden inside the dolls. To her shock, she discovered nails, pins and paper clips that were just beneath the surface. The dolls had taken on an internal spirit, some of strength and others of broken hearts. The x-rays became more than physical documentation – for each, a story emerged making some sense out of the loss experienced after the hurricane. Ever the scientist, de Boisblanc is concerned with how life shapes our being, especially our inner essence. X-rays allow the artist to physically discover what lies beneath, uncovering secrets, and using the language of science to visualize the human persona.
Lisette de Boisblanc was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, a city known for its vibrant lifestyle and support of the Arts. De Boisblanc had a love for photography early in life, and always the scientific thinker, began an independent exploration of x-ray photographic techniques under the direction of Dr. Bert Myers. She left her tight knit community to attend the University of Georgia where she planned to pursue an undergraduate degree in animal science followed by future in veterinary medicine. Two weeks into her freshman year, Hurricane Katrina devastated her beloved New Orleans. The effects of the storm caused de Boisblanc to reconsider her path, and she turned more to fine arts, which allowed her to channel her emotions in a creative manner. She graduated with a BFA in Photography in May of 2010 from the University of Georgia, and returned to New Orleans where she lives and works as an artist.
Jennifer Schwartz Gallery
TULA Arts Center K-2
75 Bennett Street