Edition of 30* | This is a benefit edition and it supports both the artist and PCNW's programs.
$150 | Unframed
ABOUT THE WORK Riley grew up in rural eastern Washington. As a child he read Mark Twain’s stories of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn and decided he wanted to be like those mythical boys. He wanted a life full of treasure and adventure. Riley started smoking a corncob pipe, wearing a straw hat and even went to school barefoot until he was told not to. He got his first metal detector when he was eleven and to this day he continues to seek treasure in the dirt, in sandy beaches or even looking through a handful of change for wheat pennies and real silver. In my project, Scavenger: Adventures in Treasure Hunting, I have been following Riley out on his hunts and photographing the objects he collects. I explore the line between documentary and fantasy as I photograph in Twain's spirit, looking at the objects Riley finds, what drives him to continue and the mythology of the treasure hunting persona.
ABOUT THE ARTIST Jenny Riffle was born in Washington state in 1979; she holds a BA in photography from Bard College, and an MFA in Photo, Video and Related Media from the School of Visual Arts. Riffle’s photographs have been exhibited internationally and featured in numerous publications worldwide including Photo District News (PDN), The Independent, Zeit Campus, and Yen Magazine; her monograph Scavenger: Adventures in Treasure Hunting was published by Zatara Press in 2015. Riffle has received several awards including FotoFilmic’s Buschlen Mowatt Nichol Foundation Award in 2016, The Pilkington Prize in 2015, PDN’s 30 in 2014 and the Aaron Siskind Foundation grant in 2013. Riffle lives in Seattle where in addition to her art practice she teaches at Photographic Center Northwest and shoots editorial assignments for The New York Times, The Guardian, Telegraph Magazine, Glamour Magazine, and NPR, among others.
Printed with archival inks on high quality archival fibre-based paper with a luster finish.
Print is signed, dated and numbered by the artist on the verso.