Submerged: Compositions for lake michigan, 2019

Digital artist Leigh Blanchard has partnered with poet and playwright Nathan Dennis to present a series of transformed photographic prints that incorporate mixed-media materials with handwritten text. When Leigh came across a selection of her older, forgotten-about photographs, she asked Nathan to create a narrative for the images and help define their meaning. Blanchard’s personal journey takes on many facets in these pieces, including literal travel, the passage of time, and intimate experiences. While visiting family near Lake Michigan, Leigh and Nathan submerged her photographs in the lake and allowed water and abrasion to alter the surface. Afterwards, markings of ink and attached paper fragments of handwritten words were added. In the process, new dimensions were created in artwork that has now been rediscovered and presented anew.