MEGHANN RIEPENHOFF  |  Bio

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Writing about her most recent work, Littoral Drift, Riepenhoff states:

"This work stems from my fascination with the nature of our relationships to the landscape, the sublime, time, and impermanence. Entitled Littoral Drift, a geologic term describing the action of wind-driven waves transporting sand and gravel, the series consists of camera-less cyanotypes made in collaboration with the landscape and the ocean, at the edges of both. The elements that I employ in the process—waves, rain, wind, and sediment—leave physical inscriptions through direct contact with photographic materials.

Photochemically, the pieces are never wholly processed; they will continue to change over time in response to environments that they encounter, blurring the line between creation and destruction. As part of the larger project, I selectively re-photograph moments in the evolution of the images, to generate a series of static records of a transitory process. Entitled Continua, the progressive images are shown as polyptychs. Perhaps where the fugitive cyanotypes are analogies for a terrifyingly fleeting and beautiful existence, the process of re-photographing them is a metaphor for the incorporation and mediation of photography in the contemporary human experience."

Born in 1979 in Atlanta, GA, Riepenhoff splits her time between Bainbridge Island, WA and San Francisco, CA. She received a BFA in Photography from the University of Georgia, Athens, GA and an MFA from San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA, where she is a part of the visiting faculty.

Her work has been exhibited internationally and nationally at Memphis College of Art (Memphis, TN); High Museum of Art (Atlanta, GA); University of Missouri (Columbia, MO); Worcester Art Museum (Worcester, MA); San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery (San Francisco, CA); Museo de la Ciudad (Queretaro, Mexico); Photo Center Northwest (Seattle, WA) and Center for Fine Art Photography (Ft. Collins, CO).

In 2014, Charlotte Cotton awarded Riepenhoff first place in the Camera Club of New York’s Annual Juried Competition and in 2015, she was awarded a Fleishhacker Foundation grant for her upcoming solo exhibition at SF Camerawork (San Francisco, CA). Her work is in many collections including the High Museum of Art (Atlanta, GA); Museum of Fine Arts Houston, (Houston, TX) and Worcester Museum of Art, (Worcester, MA). 

www.meghannriepenhoff.com