I used to put my jobs first. Because of this fellowship, I now put my art first.
Darlene's Creative Renewal experience began with the purchase of a Leica M9 camera, considered by many professional photographers to be the very best digital camera in the world. "To be renewed, I did not need to go to some other place. I carried my camera with me everywhere, despite its monetary value! My real, everyday life became my project."
The focus of her project was documenting the "shared lives" of her identical twin sister and their father on her sister's Rushville, Indiana farm. She documented the geography, the rural landscape, and the everyday lives of the people living in the farm country. She sought to capture the seasons of life in a farming community from planting and harvesting, from health to death, vitality to deterioration, as well as joy and sadness. Because of this experi- ence, the newest output for her art is her silver prints, and through it she says, "I have a new voice."
Creative Renewal Arts Fellow, 1999-2000, 2011-2012
Permanent Collection, Indianapolis Museum of Art
Work exhibited in Tokyo, Croatia, New York City, San Francisco, Denver, and throughout Indiana