American, b. 1979
Lives and works in Bainbridge Island, WA and San Francisco, CA
Meghann Riepenhoff’s camera-less cyanotypes are created in collaboration with the landscape and the ocean, at the edges of both. Paper coated with homemade cyanotype emulsion are draped along the shore, across branches, or under snow. Rain, waves, wind, and sediment leave physical inscriptions through direct contact with the photographic materials. The works in Riepenhoff’s Littoral Drift series—a geologic term describing the action of wind-driven waves transporting sand and gravel—stems from her fascination with the nature of our relationships to the landscape, the sublime, time, and impermanence. Photochemically, the pieces are never wholly processed, and will continue to slowly respond to the changing environments that they encounter over time.
Riepenhoff received her BFA from the University of Georgia, Athens, GA; and MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, CA. Her work has been featured in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; New York Public Library, NY; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College, Chicago, IL; Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA; Worcester Art Museum, MA; High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA; Denver Art Museum, CO; and Museo de la Ciudad, Queretaro, Mexico. Public collections holding her work include the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA; Worcester Museum of Art, MA; and Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL.
In 2018, Riepenhoff was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. She has additionally been a recipient of a Fleishhacker Foundation Grant (2015), and artist residencies at the Headlands Center for the Arts, Sasusalito, CA; and Banff Centre for the Arts, Canada. Her first monograph, Littoral Drift + Ecotone, was published by Radius Books and Yossi Milo Gallery in 2018.