For the month of April, the Dennis P. McHugh Piermont Public Library presents Jessica Bowen: Animality. Please visit the “Artist of the Month” tab on our homepage.
Artist statement: When photographing animals, I like to capture closeup details and textures that are not always visible from a distance. I also try to capture expressions and behaviors the observer can recognize. My aim is not to anthropomorphize my subjects, rather to capture the basic animal drives to which we as humans can relate—tired, hungry, thirsty, etc. This collection of animal portraits was taken over the course of several years at various locations. Some were photographed at home, in a backyard or through a window. Others were photographed at locations such as the Bronx Zoo, Lakota Wolf Preserve, Bergen County Zoo, Bear Mountain Zoo, Turtleback Zoo, and more. A portion of the proceeds from this show will be donated to Piermont Public Library, and a portion will be donated to animal conservation and preservation.
Jessica Bowen is an amateur photographer and full-time Library Director. Formerly a staff member at the Dennis P. McHugh Piermont Public Library, she is always honored to be included in the community of local artists featured at the library.