“Aleister Avenmarch / Thomas Library”
21″ x 17″
Pair of photographs
Imriska Kempker is a queer photographer with a passion for digital art and LGBT issues. Previously, she has interned at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Westcott House in Springfield, Glass Axis in Columbus, and most recently the Cranach-Malschule, a community arts education center in Wittenberg, Germany. Her digital art and design work has been exhibited in the Wrecka Playa political art show and the Thunderdome student show, published in the Wittenberg Review of Literature and Art, and has assisted in environmental issues.
“The portraits are mounted back to back in a single frame and jut out perpendicular to the wall,” explains Imriska. “Here, the presence and absence of the model is a visual metaphor for their queer identity and its erasure. By rendering the viewer unable to see the image of the model and the image of the space that erased the model at the same time, the work demonstrates that you cannot truly be yourself when such a core part of your identity is ripped from you.”
Imriska’s piece “Aleister Avenmarch / Thomas Library” will be featured in Art for Life on September 15