A serene landscape in the Montana badlands, Fort Peck Lake and its dam were made famous as the initial cover of Life Magazine. Entirely man-made, the lake is vast and solitary, a by-product of FDR’s new deal. The lake shows no trace of human presence, just sky, water and a strip of rocky soil. The lake has a web cam which Wiesenfeld uses to record its’ constant changes of light and weather within a composition that remains fixed. 

The portraits are another fixed composition: youth on death row appear with adult composure as they take on the camera for a final photo. A direct corollary to the lake, these individuals are in state of constant introspective flux as their surroundings remain static. The inmates are like the lake and their emotions the weather: in captivity minor changes can be dramatic. Systems of law and order forever alter the land as well as the lives of the inmates; what started as a passing interest (in the inmates) seemed to have an increasingly direct relationship to a lost a forlorn landscape.

Man-made; Installation view, Happy Lion Gallery
2009
Alexandra Wiesenfeld Man-Made oil on panel
Juvenile Death Row Inmates
2009
oil on panel
8' x10'

Happy Lion Gallery
Alexandra Wiesenfeld Man-Made oil on panel
Fort Peck (Ice#1)
2009
oil on panel
48" x 72"
Alexandra Wiesenfeld Man-Made oil on panel
juvenile inmate on death row
2008
oil on panel
20" x 16"
Alexandra Wiesenfeld Man-Made oil on panel
Fort Peck # 4
2009
oil on panel
48" x 72"
Alexandra Wiesenfeld Man-Made oil on panel
Fort Peck (Dark Clouds)
2010
oil on panel
84" x 60" x 3"
Alexandra Wiesenfeld Man-Made oil on panel
juvenile inmate on death row # 5
2009
oil on panel
20" x 16"
Alexandra Wiesenfeld Man-Made oil on panel
Fort Peck (sunset)
2009
oil on panel
48" x 72"
Alexandra Wiesenfeld Man-Made oil on wood panel
Juvenile #14
2009
oil on wood panel
20" x 16"
Alexandra Wiesenfeld Man-Made oil on wood
Fort Peck (clouds)
2010
oil on wood
48" x 60"
Alexandra Wiesenfeld Man-Made oil on panel
Juvenile inmate on death row # 6
2009
oil on panel
20" x 16"
Alexandra Wiesenfeld Man-Made oil on wood
lavender
2011
oil on wood
48" x 72"
Alexandra Wiesenfeld Man-Made oil on panel
juvenile inmate on death row # 15
2008
oil on panel
20" x 16"
Alexandra Wiesenfeld Man-Made oil on panel
Fort Peck (ice)
2008
oil on panel
48" x 72"
Alexandra Wiesenfeld Man-Made

Alexandra Wiesenfeld Man-Made

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