Gretchen Haien, Associate Professor of Art, was recently featured at the Walter Anderson Museum of Art in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. The exhibition, which featured two bodies of photographic work, was on display from August 21-October 26, 2008.
In both bodies of work, SeaZen and Interior Frontiers, Gretchen Haien invites the viewer to try a new way of seeing and seeking answers to larger life questions.
Interior Frontiers uses the frame or photographic edge to abstract a would-be interior or street scene, reordering shapes from reality into a new perception for the viewer. These studies earned her the “Emerging Artist to Watch in Photography” by the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C.
SeaZen takes the viewer on a stroll along the water’s edge, noting a solitary rock or a beached one-person dinghy. These photographs are framed to be viewed as if through a ship’s porthole, and the lone observer wonders whether this is a view of serenity and solitude or loneliness and isolation.
Haien received her BA from Belhaven and her MFA from Louisiana Tech University. Since 1987 Gretchen has owned and operated her own commercial photography studio. She taught photography as an adjunct for over 20 years at both Millsaps College and Belhaven before joining Belhaven full time in 2007. She has also been involved in many solo, juried, and invitational exhibitions in Mississippi, Virginia, New York and Louisiana. Recently she has received the Mississippi Arts and Letters Award in Photography.