In conversation with Megan Johnston, Executive Director at the Rochester Art Center, I will discuss my artistic process, experimentation and the anthotype prints featured in my most recent collection of photographs.
In partnership with RAC, Jovan C. Speller was the recipient of a 2015 MSAB Cultural Community Partnership grant. This award supported the creation of new work and the experimentation of alternative photographic processes, and studio practices. Over the past year Speller has experimented with creating anthotype prints, using plant dye from flowers, berries, and vegetables she grew in her garden. Through this work Speller focuses on replicating how her memories are formed, stored and inevitably begin to fade. Anthotypes represent both the formation and the fragility of her memories. After exposure, the surfaces of the works remain sensitive to light and continue to fade with time. These anthotypes comprise visual representations of the artist's fragmented and faltering connection to memory. This collection of photographs make up the artist’s Memory Series.
*This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Art Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature; and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.