BIOGRAPHY:Meghann Riepenhoff teaches at the San Francisco Art Institute. Her exhibition record includes solo shows at El Museo de la Ciudad in Mexico and Duncan Miller Gallery in Los Angeles. She was selected as an artist in residence at the Rayko Photo Center and the Banff Centre for the Arts, where she received the Darwall Scholarship. Riepenhoff received the Ann Bremer Memorial Artists’ Book award, has lectured with the San Francisco Photo Alliance, the Headlands Center for Research, and has hosted workshops on the value of photography for at-risk youth. Riepenhoff earned her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and her BFA in Photography from the University of Georgia.
Eluvium is a scientific term that describes residual deposits of soil, dust, and sand produced by the action of wind. Working in a pitch black room, I cast sand onto light sensitive paper. I spoke, sang, laughed, screamed, cried, and otherwise generated breath within immediate, almost touching, proximity to the paper. My actions moved the sand into formations. I exposed the paper to light and processed it in traditional photographic chemistry.
The process speaks to the human condition of isolation: where ones voice seems to expel out into a void. I investigated the impact of sound—words—actions—breath. Sonic winds that fall upon deaf ears are instead transformed into motion and color compositions. The resulting images are like shifting landscapes of my mind, where configurations are born of thought and language put into action.