Gathering Water and Light | Jes Lee Shimek

Minnesota Gallery | On view through March.

In March the Minnesota Gallery will host Jes Lee Shimek’s collection of digital collages that explore various bits of humanity’s relationship with water and light—two very important elements in our world. Experts are increasingly concerned about the effect light pollution has on our wellbeing, and yet we continue to fill our surroundings with it. Water is a subject that seems to be on our minds more and more as we raise questions about the quality of our drinking water and the dangers of rising sea levels. This series visualizes worlds filled with the light trails we create and leave behind us, and landscapes full of water.

Jes Lee Shimek graduated in 2003 from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts. She has exhibited in numerous venues around Minnesota. She has been studying at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts since 2006 and was a member of the Artist Co-op from 2011 to 2015, allowing her to focus more on combining printmaking and book making with her photography. This is still an ongoing exploration for her.