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Photo by Wanda Jackson. “Subversion 6393” is a photograph from Rahshia Linendoll-Sawyer’s show in the Greenbelt Community Center’s art gallery through Aug. 23.

Photo by Wanda Jackson. “Subversion 6393” is a photograph from Rahshia Linendoll-Sawyer’s show in the Greenbelt Community Center’s art gallery through Aug. 23.

Published on: Wednesday, July 24, 2013

By Wanda Jackson

You won’t find a single realistic image in the Greenbelt Community Center’s current art gallery exhibit.

“Subversion” presents 14 medium- to large-sized abstract photographs by Rahshia Linendoll-Sawyer through Aug. 23. Linendoll-Sawyer said her goal with the series was to “visually explore stages of transformation.”

Why abstract photography?

“Abstract visuals are more communicative than hyper-realistic images,” Linendoll-Sawyer said.

“Creating beautiful fantasy worlds allows me to express potential uncomfortable ideas,” she added.

Linendoll-Sawyer photographed “miniature environments in glass cubes” created with a mixture of glycerin liquids, miniature props and organic materials.

“The small container frames the picture and becomes an allegory of transformative events we experience throughout our lives,” Linendoll-Sawyer said. “The tableaux are temporary and deteriorate within hours. To enhance their impact, the photographs are printed on aluminum, giving the work a 3-D quality.”

The frameless display emphasizes the drama of the pictorial scene. Her images appear to float on the surface where they are displayed.

“My work explores the indefinable emotions connected with passage from the known to the unknown,” Linendoll-Sawyer said.

Her hope for the show is to “impart beauty and wonder within a transformation.”

“Beauty is important in the work, as I feel sometimes the point of a journey from ‘A’ to ‘B’ is missed,” Linendoll-Sawyer said. “My hope is that the photographs will invite people to pause in each moment (photograph).”

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