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Ansley West Rivers
Georgia

Artist Statement Submitted 2018

Five years ago, I gave myself an assignment to photograph seven rivers; The Colorado, Missouri/Mississippi, Columbia, Rio Grande, Tuolumne, Altamaha, and the Hudson, from source to sea, across the United States.

Since beginning the project in 2013, I have moved from San Francisco to rural South Georgia, started a farm and become a mother. The profound experiences afforded by my journey up and down each river have equally transformed my life. The rivers have embedded themselves into my being, shaping my role as mother, wife and artist.

Through photography, I am bearing witness to the state of water now, as time is pertinent to understanding the effects of change. We stand at a precipice in the history of water. How we approach the health and use of our rivers will determine the lifespan of fresh water. The series depicts images that are simultaneously beautiful and haunting in an attempt to challenge the viewer’s perspectives on the landscapes that sustain us.

http://ansleywest.com

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