January 6, 2009 15:37 Age: 5 yrs

Photo Exhibit at Emory Law Explores the Unexpected

"Point of View," an exhibition of photographs by award winning San Diego artist Dana Levine, is on display at Emory University's Macmillan Law Library through March 8.

The exhibition's title refers to the artist's unique point of view. Levine uses the camera to search for vulnerability and beauty in unexpected, unlikely places. Through color and composition, her images achieve an atmosphere of mystery while at the same time evoking a peaceful serenity. 

Levine spent her professional career as a scientist and science educator at a New Jersey engineering college and interactive science museum. After moving to San Diego several years ago, she became a painter and photographer. Today her work is shown in galleries and museums. 

"As an artist and a scientist, I can tell you that art and science are not an unlikely combination," says Levine. "Both strive to see nature with a fresh eye. In my work I explore the inner richness of nature and the human form in a visual medium, looking for the structure beneath the surface using the original colors our eyes combine together. My style is impressionism; my ideas expressed in pigments and through the camera lens."  

Many of the photographs in the exhibition were taken during a recent trip to Oaxaca, Mexico, for the festival of the Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos), a weeklong cultural celebration held in cities and villages throughout Mexico where family and friends gather to pray for and remember their loved ones. Traditions include building private altars honoring the deceased, decorating graves using sugar skulls, marigolds, mementos and favorite foods and beverages. Cemeteries fill with those who stay up all night to remember and honor their departed. The origin of the modern holiday can be traced back thousands of years to an Aztec festival dedicated to the goddess Mictecacihuatl (The Lady of the Dead).

The exhibition is free and open to the public during regular library hours (Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. 8 p.m.; Fri. 9 a.m. 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 1 5 p.m.).

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