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About Artist: “H. Jennings Sheffield was born in Richmond, Virginia. She is a contemporary artist working in lens-based media, video, and sound. Sheffield received her BFA in photography and digital media from the Atlanta College of Art and her MFA from the University of Texas at San Antonio in photography and new media. Her core research is highly concept-driven inspired by memory, moment, and time and often utilizes familial imagery to convey both the intimacy and the diverse roles and relationships individuals play within a family unit. The methodologies utilized to create her work can take up to two years to complete. As a result, Sheffield periodically takes on landscape-driven projects that begin with just her responding to the landscape. She is interested in landscapes that tend to be fleeting. Similar to her core research, Sheffield approaches the landscapes looking for and observing changes over time.”

Going Away from Here
By H. Jennings Sheffield
Waco, Texas: H. Jennings Sheffield, 2022. Edition of 15 + 2 hors commerce.

16 5/8” x 11 3/8” x 1 5/8” dos-à-dos book housed in 17 3/8” x 12 ½” x 3 1/8” clamshell box. Book contains 30 images printed on Canson Edition Etching Rag, plus 2 additional loose prints on Somerset Velvet encased in a custom die-cut envelope with foil-stamp. Dos-à-Dos structure provides two chapters – Chapter 1 containing 15-black & white prints, and Chapter 2 containing 15-color prints. All images are archival pigment prints, tipped into the book, and are overlayed with Thai Unruhu paper. All photographs are captured and printed by H. Jennings Sheffield from 2017–2022. The hand-made paper is commissioned from Twinrocker Handmade Paper in Brookston, Indiana. The book is letterpress printed on a Vandercook Universal III press. The typography, presswork, and edition are bound by Black Hare Studio. The Forward, Residual Testimony, is written by writer and curator Liz Wells. Signed and numbered by Sheffield.

Jennings Sheffield: "“Going Away from Here” is a collection of images that sheds light upon the concern of ongoing land loss. These images are of Tangier Island located off the coast of Virginia in the Chesapeake Bay, which is progressively being claimed by the waters surrounding it an average of nine acres every year. Predicted to be one of America’s first ‘climate change refugees,’ the residents will be forced to evacuate, and we will lose an entire culture of people as unique as their dialect. This deeply religious island has already been split by the Bay’s waters, which now seeps up through the ground below. Tangier is not alone and sadly tells the tale many low-lying cities around the world are facing in the next 80 years. This book asks the viewer to think about the difficult decisions that stand before us—how will we decide who and what is worth saving, and who are we willing to let wash away into the water?"

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