Faculty Artist Spotlights: Eileen Hohmuth-Lemonick and Chris Maher
Faculty Artist Spotlights: Eileen Hohmuth-Lemonick and Chris Maher

The Anne Reid '72 Art Gallery is currently displaying the work of nine faculty artists. The exhibit is open to the public and will run through November 17th.

In order to provide more insight into our impressive faculty and their diverse artistic talents and careers, we will be featuring two faculty artists each week. This week will focus on Eileen Hohmuth-Lemonick, our Upper School Photography teacher, and Chris Maher, our Furniture Design teacher.

Eileen Hohmuth-Lemonick: Upper School Photography

"Change is constant. The process of growing older is an inescapable fact. These images contain traces of a lifetime's memories. They have to do with the passing of time, moments and people that are gone, love, sexuality, family, beauty, decay, fragility, longevity, vulnerability, sickness, health and death. This project started when I fractured my pelvis, was immobile, and could only get around with a walker. Friends sent bouquets and, with severely limited motion, I began to photograph them on my kitchen table as they died and dried, finding beauty in their decay. From that initial work, I continued in many directions: among them portraits, flowers frozen in melting ice, images created with a scanner, combining live and dead flowers, painting on vegetation, and observing the passage of time in nature. I thank all my friends who have been collecting flowers for me."

Eileen's other projects include documenting the experience of blindness all over the world by traveling to China, Guatemala, Mexico, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Armenia, Zimbabwe, Nepal, India and the Brazilian Amazon to show how different the lives of the sightless can be in different kinds of societies. Other projects included a photographic essay on aging that was part of a major exhibition at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, a five-page spread in People magazine on the 50th reunion of Holocaust survivors, and photo essays on healthcare and nursing in Malawi and mothers and infants in the Republic of Georgia.

Her work has been recognized with several awards, including a Fellowship in Photography from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a Village Voice Documentary Photography Grant, and a Visual Arts Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Chris Maher: Furniture Design

"I have been building things for as long as I can remember. Much to my parents' dismay, an occasional toaster or remote control would fall victim to my need to construct and deconstruct. Throughout the years, this curiosity only intensified, and eventually led to a life-long pursuit of studying, teaching, and practicing art and design. During college and graduate school, I expanded my vocabulary as an artisan through the exploration of a myriad of techniques. Woodworking, blacksmithing, and stone carving would take form as sculpture, furniture, and design objects. My work explores a wide variety of materials and conceptual ideas. I draw my inspiration from a multitude of sources, and remain steadfast in my practice of making beautiful, evocative objects. I have a strong studio discipline, which is central to my work as a teacher and artist.

My personal aesthetic is fluid and constantly evolving. I am voracious in adopting new techniques and technologies in an effort to expand the parameters of my skill set. It is essential to be able to cross over various media with proficiency. As a craftsman, a strong set of hands-on skills provides limitless potential in achieving the final vision for my work.

My goal as an artist and artisan is to embody a vast knowledge of art and design, critical thinking skills and craftsmanship. I have a love for creating objects and ideas born from imagination and inspiration. Lately my work has focused on using objects with a visual mass, trying to figure out a way to amplify the object as the focal point, while at the same time, retaining simplicity of form. This can often look aesthetically sparse; yet it is time consuming in the pursuit. A thrown away slab of wood or shed antler, objects that have little or no value; become the backbone of my work. I am rarely sure of the path they will take me on, but the reward usually lays in the journey of discovering their potential."

Photos: first three photos are works by Eileen Hohmuth-Lemonick. Bottom two photos are works by Chris Maher.