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Jocelyn Lee
at Rose Gallery, Santa Monica, California
Recommendation by Jody Zellen

Continuing through November 19, 2011

"Nowhere but Here" is an exhibition of color works by East Coast-based photographer Jocelyn Lee. Lee sequences modest images of the natural landscape with images of women in various states of undress. The artist and her subjects - all women - are at ease with one another such that the images display a vulnerability and an intimacy that is only earned with trust. Posed indoors as well as outside, the women look toward as well as away from the camera. Each subject, whether thin or fat, clothed or unclothed feels at home in their skin.

The images are seductive without being sexual. Lee has remarked that she is "interested in finding the physical and psychological beauty in things that are frequently overlooked: the quality of a middle-aged woman’s naked body, alone in a motel room; the way lingerie is filled with hope and expectation for physical intimacy; or the quality of light on a person’s skin as they sit on their bed before a day of activity." Lee treats the natural landscape in much the same way she photographs a person - examining the details of what might not usually be noticed.

Published courtesy of ArtSceneCal ©2011

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