On view Winter 2020
Ancient navigators used dead reckoning to determine position based on paths and speeds already traveled. It is a process used instinctively by animals. Rowan Renee’s dead reckoning encompasses a series of analog photographs revealing conflicting and complicated ideas around femininity, life and death, wildness and domesticity, exploration and survival. The photographs in this exhibition depict images of female pilots and hunters from Alaska’s Arctic regions and Kodiak and straddle the line between documentary photography and fictional narrative. Together, she says, the images present a profound reflection on the life cycle, predatory instincts, and the distortion of these impulses when we are culturally and structurally disconnected from our deepest selves.