Janelle Lynch (b. 1969), Presence 2 (NW), 2013; archival pigment print, 50 x 40 inches; Collection of the Burchfield Penney Art Center, Gift of the artist, 2019
Janelle Lynch featured in L'Oeil de la Photographie
Friday, June 13, 2014
From January through December 2013 American photographic artist Janelle Lynch had the honor of being the first Artist-in-Residence at the beautifully situated Burchfield Penney Art Center in Buffalo, New York, the only museum dedicated to the art and vision of the renowned American painter Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967) and the artists of Western New York. Lynch, who was born and raised in Western New York, made eight week-long visits from her current home in New York City to Buffalo to further her own work inspired by Burchfield.
A selection from the sixteen exquisite works she made during her residency will be shown in an exhibition at the Center entitled Janelle Lynch: Presence on view from June 13 through November 30, 2014. The accompanying catalog includes an essay by Nancy Weekly, Head of Collections and the Charles Cary Rumsey Curator at Burchfield Penney.
Lynch was first drawn to Burchfield's work in 2006 due to a shared capacity to imagine human-like characteristics in nature; hence, she anthropomorphizes her subjects. Lynch, like Burchfield, was inspired by Henry David Thoreau's nature writings and transcendental philosophy, which suggests the natural world is formed and informed by spirits, and that its elements are symbols of a great spirituality.