Inspired by a desire to create a series of images that mimic the sensory and visual cues that inform recollection — that of which is both highly personal but also true to experience — Meike Bertrand-Paniza’s images embody a sense of losing one’s surroundings. Although these photographs were shot in Alaska (Between Land and Sky, 2014-) and California (Something Cosmic, 2018-), they deliberately avoid being grounded to a specific location. The fragmentary views are both elusive and weightless, offering no more than a poetic pause or glimpse of temporal and physical space.
Meike, originally from The Netherlands, currently lives Los Angeles. She studied at The Savannah College of Art and Design where she earned a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Photography in 2017. In the past few years her photographs have been included in the All Alaska Biennial at the Anchorage Museum Rasmussen Center in Alaska, the Mt. Rokko International Photography Festival in Kobe, Japan and Punctum: Photographic Center North-West's 20th Annual Photography Exhibition, where her diptych Sparks was honored with the first place award.
Prints & Books
Works are exhibited both individually and as compositions of multiple images combined. Prints are individually made by the artist using archival inks and papers of varied presses and weights; each choice rendering a a specific desired result. All prints and books are made in limited editions, signed and numbered.
Photographs from the series Between Land and Sky were included in a hand made artist book in 2017, printed on Japanese Washi paper in an edition of 25.
All Alaska Biennial 2017 & 2019, Anchorage Museum at the Rasmussen Center, Pratt Museum in Homer and Alaska State Museum in Juneau
Shadows, LoosenArt, Millepiani Gallery, Rome, Italy. *Catalog
Whatwillyouremember.com Lightness of Being
Emerging Photographer Showcase, Mt. Rokko International Photography Festival, Kobe, Japan. *Catalog
Der Greif, Guest-Room Timothy Persons
Smaller Footprints, Museum of Art and History (MOAH), Lancaster, CA
Punctum, 20th Annual Photography Exhibition, Photo Center North-West (PCNW), Seattle, WA. *Award for "Sparks"
Rarefied Light, Alaska Photographic Center, AK. *Award for "Sunbeam"
Alaska Women Speak, cover image, Spring Issue 2019
Australian Museum of Contemporary Photography, feature, 06/2018
Lenscratch, feature, 03/2017
Between Land and Sky, limited edition artist book, Anchorage, AK, 02/2017
First place award, 20th Annual Photography Exhibition, Photographic Center North-West, Seattle, WA. 11/2015
Rarefied Light Award, Alaska Photographic Center, AK. 10/2015
Critical Mass Top 200 Finalist, Photolucida, Portland, Oregon, 08/2019
Review Santa Fe 100, 2016, Center, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 11/2016
MFA Photography, Savannah College of Art and Design, 2017.
BA Visual Communication, Savannah College of Art and Design, 2013.
Certificate in Film, Television and New Media, level I & II, Specialization in Cinematography, UCLA Extension, 2001.
Photo Eye Art Photo Index
Center Review Santa Fe