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"Metaphor" by Jenn Billy Brandt Fratelli's Cafe Gallery

"Metaphor" by Jenn Billy Brandt is the current art exhibit, for the month of June, hanging in Fratelli's Cafe at Memphis Botanic Garden. The pieces are photographic images printed on beautiful watercolor-like paper and measure 16" x 16". The colors are rich and deep in hues of blues, browns and blacks—some are color, some are black and white. They include natural elements such as water, sky, trees and branches and one floral. They are unframed which allows a variety of options for you—if you were to decide to take one of these beauties home with you. Each piece is $200. They all have a magical feel and this one is my absolute favorite. 

Here is a bluish one, black and white one and the one floral. There are sixteen more images. Come and see them soon as they are only up for two more weeks.


What Jenny says about this work:


These digital photographs, made from summer of 2012 through the spring of 2014, are my visual poems - moments of magic, delight, and grief made tangible. Made with the same tiny pocket camera most of us carry in our pockets every day, these photographs provide for me a profound and deeply personal relief from the conflicting feelings and experiences of every day life. By simply photographing what I see in my daily life, without searching out a particular subject matter, I take comfort in the permanence of these images saved from a world of constantly changing emotions and circumstance.

Jenn Billy Brandt

About the artist:

Jenn Billy Brandt is a self-taught photographer who enjoys capturing life as it happens. She approaches her work organically, exploring the moments of magic in sadness and beauty. The dreamy images in her work were taken with a Diana Camera; cameras that were given away at gas stations in the 1960's. The Hassleblad is another favorite; held near the heart, its heart/eye connection infuses the work with the transitory emotional experience of a photographer capturing her subject. Like the images filtered through Instagram, the Hasselblad and Diana create squared images. Her work has been published in the book, TRUCKERS, by Mary Richardson. She has shown her work most recently at Gallery 363 and the Crosstown Arts performance space in Memphis, Tennessee. She has also shown at Composition Gallery and Davis Waldron Gallery, located in Atlanta, Georgia. In addition, her work has shown at Cafe Fundamental in Nashville, Tennessee and a few other restaurants, cafes, and art walks in Atlanta and Memphis.Jenn was born in 1974, and has lived up and down the east coast, currently residing in Memphis, Tennessee. She also engages her creative spirit in her garden where she grows everything from heirloom tomatoes to edible flowers.

All images property of Jenn Billy Brandt © 2014

Posted by Stephanie Cosby at 9:48 AM


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