“Still Resisting” opens in The Romano Gallery on September 21, giving visitors the opportunity to view the work of analog photographer Heather Palecek. Ms. Palecek uses historical photography processes in experimental ways, collaborating with nature in each of her projects. Most notably a pinhole photographer, she also works with cyanotype and lumen printing, as well as digital photography, all of which will be on view. Her upcoming exhibition at Blair addresses humans’ relationship with nature and cautions against our overwhelming desire for convenience, featuring a series of cyanotypes about climate change made with food waste, a lumen print installation about the negative effects of single-use plastics, as well as a selection of work celebrating the resilience of plants.
“As a society, I believe our desire for convenience is prohibiting us from experiencing life fully, being present in our interactions, having empathy and living sustainably,” Ms. Palecek said. “I hope you will leave this exhibit thinking about your own relationship to mother nature and how our choices of convenience can impact our relationships with each other and the Earth.”
A graduate of Montclair State University with a BA in Fine Arts Education with a concentration in photography, Ms. Palecek currently teaches photography at Montgomery High School in Skillman, New Jersey. Her award-winning work has been exhibited locally and internationally at locations as wide-ranging as Oaxaca, Mexico, to Silver City, New Mexico. In 2021, she led a conference on pinhole photography at the Experimental Photo Festival in Barcelona, Spain, and was featured in Trenton Daily as well as the podcast “The Real Photo Show.” Curator of “Third Thursdays” at the JKC Gallery in Trenton, Ms. Palecek resides in Ewing, New Jersey.
An artist’s talk will be held at The Romano Gallery on October 14, 2021. All are welcome to hear Ms. Palecek discuss her work, beginning at 7 p.m.