Photographer Jeane Umbreit returns to David Lusk Gallery Memphis for her solo show Southern Obscura. The ultimage goal for Umbreit is to capture a moment that holds universal appeal. Whether it’s a cypress tree noticed while floating the tributaries of the Mississippi River, a startled doe in the woods of the Canadian Gulf Islands, Memphis gang graffiti or an obviously fragrant camellia on a mantelpiece, Umbreit notices particular times that seem laden with potent familiarity.
“In Southern Obscura I continue my exploration of the metaphysical imagery occurring within the reality that the medium of photography traditionally represents,” says Umbreit. “Together we witness the fragility of moments and places in America’s deep South. These are ghosts captured within the emotion of time passage.”
Umbreit enhances her images for composition and tones for emotional content. Sometimes she further embellishes an image with layering and intentional double exposures. Umbreit gives her viewers the perfect amount of information to absorb full familiarity and be present with each image. The double exposure of this material, presented in dream-like hue, simultaneously produces feelings of insecurity and familiarity.
Based in Memphis, Umbreit has exhibited across the Midsouth and is featured in a number of collections in Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana. Additionally, she has participated in traveling group exhibitions such as Tennessee Women Artists: From the Mountains to the Mississippi, curated by the National Museum of Women in the Arts and 19th Annual Prints, Drawings and Photographs Exhibition, curated by the Brooklyn Museum.