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NewsPress Release: 1/22/01Marlboro College Exhibits Photographs "Imagining Antarctica"

MARLBORO, VT - From January 29 to February 18 in the Drury Gallery, Marlboro College will exhibit "Imagining Antarctica," the "photographs of place" of Sandy Sorlien. Sorlien will appear at gallery talk and reception on Tuesday, February 6, at 7 p.m.

Sorlien was turned down when she applied to the National Science Foundation to travel to Antarctica as part of a visiting artistsū program. According to Sorlien, "Still wanting to make photographs of Antarctica, I decided to make them here, in the Northeastern states close to home, of places I imagined to look like Antarctica."

Sorlien said that she "had already started shooting when, in an unexpected coincidence, my brother, a geologist, was sent to Antarctica to record seismic data. I arranged for him to email me with descriptions." While her brother sent descriptions and measurements of what he encountered in Antarctica, Sorlien that evoked his descriptions. The winter of 1996, when Sorlien began this task, was an especially cooperative winter, affording her stunning images, ranging from sea ice in New Jersey, to imposing cliffs in Massachusetts, to penguins in Philadelphia.

Sorlien was trained as a painter at the Putney School and at Bennington College and teaches photography at the University of Arts in Philadelphia. She has exhibited throughout the United States, and her work appears in the collections of the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, among others. In addition to other publications, she has appeared in The Photo Review, The New York Times, and the Philadelphia Inquirer Magazine.

The Drury Gallery is open Sunday through Friday, 1 to 5 p.m., and is fully accessible. For more information, please call (802) 257-4333.

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