Archival Ink Jet Print from Color Photograph
16” x 20” edition of 10
I have been photographing the rural night in the Northeast for over a decade. “Full Moon at Thorn Preserve, Woodstock” is part of a larger body of work, “Into the Night in the Middle of No Where”, a poetic tribute to the rural night. In the rural night, the boundaries between the wild and the domestic tend to blur into a potent swirl of mystery, familiarity and anticipated menace. My dreams are here as well as my nightmares. As people who have lived in well lit environments for over a century, the darkness gives rise to our inherent fear of the unknown. While photographing Thorn as the moon rose, I tried to address those fears as well as capture the beauty of the night-a beauty we have all but forgotten to see as we light our way through the darkness.
Kay Kenny received a BFA from Syracuse University, MA from Rutgers University, and MFA from Syracuse University (all in Visual Arts). Painter, photographer. Writes art criticism and articles on the visual arts for arts magazines. Photography teacher for over twenty years at New York University, and the International Center of Photography in New York City.
2016 Individual Artist Fellowship NJSCA, 2015 Legacy Award, Griffin Museum of Photography, 2009 Honorable Mention in FineArts Photography Lucie Awards. Three-time recipient of NJSCA fellowship award. Numerous one-person shows, most recently in Medellin, Columbia, Taipei,Taiwan, Lubbock, Texas and New York City. Curated several exhibits, including ''Memory & Loss", a five-person photo-based exhibit at the Mary Anthony Gallery in New York City. Her work is in several notable corporate, museum and private collections.
Recent publications about her work include Photography’s Antiquarian Avant-Garde, by Lyle Rexer, Abrams Publishing, Light & Lens,Photography in the Digital Age, & Photographic Possibilities by Robert Hirsch, Focal Press as well as several other photography books. Photo Insider Magazine featured an interview with her about her work in their June issue 2001.