Guide to the Leah Dyjak photographs, 2014-2018
Collection comprises twenty-five 16x20 inch color inkjet prints from a body of work titled "New Beach" by artist Leah Dyjak. The images, taken by Dyjak on the Atlantic coast, show ocean and sand encroaching on and destroying human-made barriers and boundaries - roads, jetties, and groins - with people looking on, stretching out, and strolling the beaches, evoking the nature of human existence at the liminal boundaries of water and land. This work received the 2018 ADA Collection Award for Documentarians of Environmental Change. Acquired as part of the Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University.
- Collection Number
- Leah Dyjak photographs
- Dyjak, Leah, 1981-
- 1.0 Linear Feet, 1 box
- David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
- Materials in English
Collection comprises twenty-five color inkjet prints from a body of work titled New Beach by artist Leah Dyjak. The images, taken by Dyjak on the Atlantic coast, show ocean and sand encroaching on and destroying human-made barriers and boundaries - roads, jetties, and groins - as people look on, stretch out, or stroll on the beach, evoking the nature of existence at the liminal boundaries of water and land.
From the artist's statement: "Conceivably, the ocean contains all time and all places, with the coastline delineating where the understood meets the unfathomable. It acts as a boundary, the line between where we walk and where we float. Standing at the edge is a way to become physically close to our point of origin â€” geologically, biologically, metaphysically. It is the terra incognita of the modern world. With every crash of a wave, the line of the coast as we know it changes; our data becomes obsolete instantaneously. Water changes state, weather changes everything."
The prints measure 16x20 inches and are all horizontally oriented. This work received the 2018 ADA Collection Award for Documentarians of Environmental Change. Acquired as part of the Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University.
Arranged in original order as assigned by the photographer.
Access to the Collection
Collection is open for research. Images may only be used for educational, non-commercial purposes; any other use requires the photographer's permission.
Use & Permissions
The copyright interests in this collection have not been transferred to Duke University. For more information, consult the copyright section of the Regulations and Procedures of the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library.
How to Cite
[Identification of item], Leah Dyjak photographs, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.
Leah Dyjak is an interdisciplinary, lens-based artist splitting her time between New York and Massachusetts. She received her MFA from the University of Texas at Austin. Her site-specific work combines performance, labor, film, and photography to explore how generations of human use affect the ecologies of place. Her images and installations often push the edges of the photographic frame. Her work plays with our perceptions of perceived boundaries and charts matter in flux. Leah is an Assistant Professor of Video and Photography at Winthrop University and summer faculty at the Anderson Ranch. Her work has been shown at Flex Space, Pump Project and Blue Star Contemporary in Texas and throughout the Northeast. She is represented by the Schoolhouse Gallery in Provincetown Massachusetts.
Click to find related materials at Duke University Libraries.
- Beach erosion -- Photographs
- Beaches -- Photographs
- Coast changes -- Atlantic Coast (U.S.)
- Landscape photography
- People and nature -- Pictorial works
The Leah Dyjak photographs were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in 2018.
Processed and described by Edward Coles, Paula Jeannet, Alanna Styer, January 2019.
Accession(s) described in this collection guide: 2018-0182.
The photographs in this collection were printed at Winthrop University Creator Space on Moab Entrada Rag paper, using an Epson SC-8000 printer and Archival Epson ink.