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  On the Internet and in the Press:
  The Wall Street Journal | February 22, 2013
  New York Times (Holland Cotter) 2006
  New York Magazine 2008 (Emma Pearse) 2008
  New York Times (Holland Cotter) 2009
  New York Times (Roberta Smith) 2009
  The New Yorker (Vince Aletti) 2009
  OBIT Magazine_2009 (Jeff Weinstien) audio podcast review
  OBIT Magazine_(Jeff Weinstien)_2009
  Daylight Magazine PODCAST_2009
  Lunatic Magazine (on-line magazine)
  Conversation with Nan Goldin_2009 audio podcast
  Steppe Magazine_Summer 2008 Issue 4 (cover and feature)
  A Wanted Magazine
  Genis Aci (Su Madenci) 2006



Unveiled in Ross’s photography and video works is the meditative and spiritual power of landscape, as well as a sense of the sacred with which it is imbued. She draws from the experience of the devotional pilgrimage. Rarely does the human figure appear in her work allowing for a direct and intimate viewing. Without the presence of the body, there is no explicit demarcation of scale: the viewer’s relationship to landscape and space is thus uninterrupted.

Classically composed, these works use simplicity and austerity to invoke ideas of spirituality, eternity, and transcendence. In these monumental portraits Ross calls our attention to the great force of nature, collective histories, and the endurance of faith. Personal prayers are expressed through the ephemeral materials made of branches, ladders, cloth, and amulets. Ross’s images become a quiet act of defiant support for the Uyghurs in Xinjiang whose language, culture and religious practices are strictly limited by the Chinese government. Though the threat of disappearance is real, the photographs speak of an alternate narrative. One which functions as a continuation of the shrine’s meaning.


Lisa Ross