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Break Boundary: Places Real and Imagined
by Jenee Mateer
concluding essay by Francine Weiss

Like Rothko's paintings, Mateer's photographs make lasting impressions!

A "break boundary" refers to the transformative point at which any system suddenly and irrevocably changes from its original state into something new. The term, first coined by Kenneth E. Boulding in 1963, serves as the underlying metaphor for the pioneering photographs of Jenee Mateer, who was also inspired by the paintings of Mark Rothko and photographic seascapes of Hiroshi Sugimoto to create works of art that challenge traditional understandings of landscape and photography.

In Mateer's artworks, the horizon that divides water and land from sky shifts and grows and merges, producing a surreal interaction of natural elements with striking bands of colors that transform lakes, streams, and the ocean into imaginative places, both real and imagined. These layered photographs in turn suggest places where light and composition transform water, land, and sky into rhythmic patterns of shimmering opalescence and luscious colors that suggest the spirit of a place unconstrained by descriptive form.

Break Boundary features 34 of Mateer's masterful creations. As Francine Weiss writes in her conclusion: "From surface to self, Jenee Mateer takes the viewer on a journey from one psychological and spiritual state to another. In Mateer's waterscapes, the conventional or anticipated boundaries between land, water, and sky begin to vanish; horizons multiply and join: and the break boundary emerges." Like Rothko's paintings, Mateer's photographs make lasting impressions.



$40.00 U.S. (trade discount) No e-book has been authorized.
Hardcover (PLC)
88 pages with 34 color photographs by the author
11.5" x 11.875" landscape
ISBN 978–1–938086–59–5

Published in October 2018

Published in association with the American Land Publishing Project

Distributed by Casemate/IPM
No e-book has been authorized.

About the Author and Essayist

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