The Modern Day Diana
November 9, 2012 – December 22, 2012
The Roman goddess of the hunt was Diana. She was praised for her strength, athletic grace, beauty and hunting skills. Her vigor and health were admired and her strength and protection was sought for young children and women in childbirth.
This series explores the modern notions of women hunters. Each image depicts a very personal representation of the sitter, made evident by the setting. By photographing in each woman’s home or hunting lodge I create a dynamic that questions the relationship between the domestic sphere, traditionally the women’s place, and the hunting world, typically a masculine realm. The attributes of Diana, that of the bow and arrow, hunting dog, stag and animal pelts, further express this dichotomy. -- Margaret E. Le Jeune
Margaret Le Jeune is an image-maker from Rochester, New York. Working predominately in photographic-based mediums, LeJeune explores issues of constructed gender, sexism, power dynamics and stereotypes. Her work has been exhibited at the Griffin Museum of Photography, ARC Gallery, Woman Made Gallery and in numerous national invitational and juried exhibitions. Recently Ms. LeJeune was awarded third prize by Roxana Marcoci (Curator of Photographs, MOM) in the 2010 Curator’s Choice Award at Center for her series The Modern Day Diana. She currently serves as Assistant Professor of Photography at Bradley University in Peoria, IL.