The texture of intimacy
An exploration of landscape, intimacy and perception. Photographs and essays by Shannon O'Neil Creighton.
Through a journey along her homeland of coastal Northern California, returning to places that first evoked her sense of imagination, trust, and self-reliance, Shannon sets out to collaborate with her lived experience. Using the lens of phenomenology, she engages the sensory body, observation, and memory as a means to examine the paradox of modernity and wisdom. Attending closely to the way perception is inherently subjective, Shannon asks the question of how what we see mirrors what we attend to. The resulting body of work uncovers an inconsolable longing for connection amidst a perpetual state of change and transition. Through her collection of large-format photographs and lyrical-narrative essays, she calls upon the textures of beauty and loss, intrinsically intertwined, to speak through the terrain.
What does it mean to have a ‘felt sense’ of the places we call home? What is gained by developing a language of intimacy with our habitats and surroundings? What is the impact of losing this language? How do our perceptions shape our relationships to place? At a moment where these pressing questions mark the uncertainty of our time, (Un)seen Lands explores the significance of our relationship with place and sensuality, the nature of which is integral to our physicality and humanness.
Shannon O’Neill Creighton is a visual artist and writer working primarily as a landscape photographer. Shannon grew up in West Marin where from early on she developed and challenged herself by intimately engaging with the outdoors, much of which she did with her camera in hand. This lifelong relationship with nature continues to serve as a primary shaping force in Shannon’s life and artwork. She presently lives in West Sonoma County and works as a freelance artist and designer. Her work and community continually expand her knowledge and appreciation of nature, plants, and ecology, deepening the reverence she explores in her photography and writing.
BUREAU OF LINGUISTICal REALITY
The Bureau of Linguistical Reality Mobile Field Office will be hosting office hours during the Transhumance festival to work with you to identify the gaps in our language where we are individually and collectively at a loss for words to describe the changing world around us.
The Bureau of Linguistical Reality is a public participatory artwork by Heidi Quante and Alicia Escott focused on creating new language as an innovative way to better understand our rapidly changing world due to manmade climate change and other Anthropocenic events. The vision of the artwork is to co-create new words with the public to express what people are feeling and experiencing as our world changes as climate change accelerates. We use these new words to facilitate conversations about the greater experiences these words are seeking to express with the view to facilitate a greater cultural shift around climate change.