Eileen Hohmuth-Lemonick traveled around the world, filming people facing challenges, until they broke their pelvis, got stuck, and faced their own challenges.
The current exhibition “Traces of Time” at the Princeton Arts Council is a collection of photographs she began taking in the aftermath of her injury. After that, she went on to explore the beauty that exists when time passes and changes are brought about in nature.
Her photographs provide a new way to see the decline of life, decomposition, and death. After the cicadas bark and clicks are over, spend some time watching the images of the stage through which the cicadas pass. In “Cicadas and ferns”, there are many people scattered in the ferns like fingers. The “cicadas” are another group of them, with their striped bodies, orange eyes, and beautiful translucent wings mixed on a black background like at night. And in “Cicada Exoskeletons,” she again shows black the casings scattered in the dry, curled leaves. Their outer coverings and leaves are all the same non-colored death in nature because they are in a similar curved composition. The three collections work well as a counterpoint to this exhibition, where colors play a dominant and unexpected role.
The bright red Cardinal’s body often appears in exhibition images such as “Red Still Life with the Cardinal.” In it, the birds lie in bright red flowers and fruits with white lace, and can be seen drying the evergreens.
Green is the first color to be noticed in “tapestry”, with wilted vegetable leaves, broccoli and Brussels sprouts playing an important role in potatoes, beans and beets that fill the exact squares of the gray tapestry.
And in “Dead Flowers,” the faded rose tones, blue, green, and yellow, turn golden and disappear from vibrancy to calm beauty, but still retain calm beauty.
Hohmuth-Lemonick’s many years of experience focusing lenses on people who have lost their lives due to various challenges is the basis of this exhibition. She has seen traces of hardship and time. Among many other places in the world to film children and adults in difficult situations, she has visited the Amazon in China, Guatemala, Mexico, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Armenia, Zimbabwe, Nepal, India and Brazil. Showed the blind people navigating life in a different culture.
Exhibits include her photo essay on aging, which was part of a major exhibition at the Franklin Institute, a five-page spread of People magazine on the 50th reunion of Holocaust survivors who remained in Germany years after the war. And a photo essay on the Guanajuato mummy in Mexico.
Many of the photographs in this exhibition are related to the traces of her own life. In “childhood,” objects such as plastic main lobsters, ceramic dolls, glasses, and snakes are thrown between faded leaves, and female saints while an adult’s hand reaches out with a small red flower. Move across the photo. “Tangled Past” portrays a girl’s doll as if it had fallen from an open box surrounded by threads unleashed from dozens of colorful thread spools.
In “Very Old Dress”, a torn piece of bright red cloth twists around a long brown insect, ending in an abstract version of a beautiful flower. And in the “Ending”, a female lace-trimmed pink slip hangs on the image over an evening purse, pink boring, beads, and dried flowers.
“Changes are constant. The process of aging is a fact,” she said in an exhibition. “These images contain traces of her lifetime memories.”
In “Self Portrait,” one eye gazes at the present through the central opening of the vines, leaves, and flowers, the white hair is disturbed, and it falls into the vine, hiding the other. The background is black and the leaves are just beginning to wilt, but the flowers are still in color. Change is happening. slowly.
If you go:
- what: Traces of time by photographer Eileen Hohmuth-Lemonick
- Where: Princeton Arts Council, 102 Witherspoon St., Princeton
- when: Until February 5th. Monday to Thursday from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm, Friday and Saturday from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.Closing Reception: Saturday, February 5th, 3pm-5pm
- contact: 609-924-8777, artscouncilofprinceton.org