Inspired by a desire to create a series of images that mimic the sensory and visual cues that inform recollection — that of which is both highly personal but also true to experience — Meike Paniza’s ongoing series Between Land and Sky embodies a sense of losing one’s surroundings. The captured moments are grounded in the photographic real: two summers and two winters with her family in Anchorage, Alaska. Because the scenes are isolated from a larger continuum, however, the meaning of the images remains open-ended. The fragmentary views are both elusive and weightless, offering no more than a poetic pause or glimpse of temporal and physical space.
Meike, originally from The Netherlands, currently lives in Anchorage, Alaska. She studied Cinematography at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA Extension) and Photography at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) where she is a Master of Fine Arts Photography Candidate. In the past two years her photographs have been included in the All Alaska Biennial at the Anchorage Museum Rasmussen Center in Alaska, Smaller Footprints at the Lancaster Museum of Art and History (MOAH) in California and Punctum: Photographic Center North-West's 20th Annual Photography Exhibition, where her diptych Sparks was honored with the first place award. In 2016 she was one of a hundred photographers selected to attend Review Santa Fe with the body of work Between Land and Sky.