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Puddles abound – and other thoughts on Artist Staments

© Monika Sosnowski

The artist statement.  The “Hello, My Name Is” of the art world.  The definition, clarification, proclamation of what one does and often how it’s done, and why.

Over the next week or two, I’ll be musing on mine and perhaps refining it or expanding it further.  Here’s what it is currently:

‘In my photography I focus on the ephemeral nature of being, memory and everyday wonder.  I’m interested in moments and things easily overlooked or otherwise hidden in plain sight.  I look for traces, presence in absence, the in-between.  My desire is to reveal the strange beauty in the unexpected and the awkward.’

I sincerely do.



The Magic Woods: A One-Day Photographic Workshop

The Grass is Always Greener, 2011-13 © Monika Sosnowski

I’m happy to announce I’ll be teaching this one-day workshop!

Mountains and forests abound in rich symbolism which can represent emotional, spiritual or mental states. Nature’s summits and woods, powerful in their permanence and immovability, have often been associated with personal quests, overcoming obstacles, seeking inner knowledge. Artists and writers have been inspired by the majesty of mountains and the mystery of forests in a variety of ways. Herman Melville imagined Mt. Greylock as a massive great white whale and that vision fueled him to write one of the best American stories, “Moby Dick.“

“The Magic Woods” is a one-day photographic workshop in which we will learn ways of transforming the physical splendor and awesomeness of Mt. Greylock and its surrounding forest, by creating images which suggest a narrative beyond the subject matter’s natural attributes. How something is perceived makes all the difference creatively. We can find our own versions of Melville’s whale.

Where: Atop and around Mt. Greylock’s summit (meet in Bascom Lodge on the porch), Adams, MA.

When: Sunday, August 4th, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Cost: $75 (includes hot & cold beverages and breakfast pastries at the beginning of the workshop and bottled water for our photo hike

To Register: email me to signup and for further info:

I’ll be posting soon information on additional workshops I’ll be teaching at IS 183.  Spring is in the air.