London Amara was born in Columbus, Ohio in 1977, and raised in the remote woods of rural Ohio by parents she describes as “hippies but without the drugs, Amish without religion.” London Amara retains a profound connection to the intuitive, wordless language of nature. This informs her diverse work in painting, drawing, sculpture, and photography. It also underlies her gradual move from biomorphic and gestural abstraction—and, occasionally, handwritten text—toward a more explicit focus on the human form and its physical and metaphorical occupation of space. She has become increasingly interested, too, in depicting landscape, most often in its densest manifestations, but with an occasional nod to sparser environments.
In this exhibition, Amara has created intimate black-and-white portraits and haunting images of the wooded landscapes of Florida, Ohio, California, and British Columbia. Employing a singular technical strategy, she works on site in a portable darkroom made from an ice-fishing tent to produce large-format, collodion photographic images. This exhibition Is organized through Katharine T. Carter & Associates.
Mother and Son, 2019, ambrotype original, archival pigment print, 40″ x 50″
Euterria, 2018, ambrotype original, archival pigment print, 50” x 40”