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"There is a peculiar strength in Jennilee Marigomen’s ability to transport viewers to a heightened awareness of the seemingly banal or often overlooked. With a foolish amount of attention eternally given to “shock and awe”-style photography, hers is a welcoming sensory head change.

It’s no revelation when I say that Marigomen has a gift for exposing the ephemeral light leaks the planet randomly offers, combined with a canny awareness of color and sensible composition. Foremost is her sublime capability to transform the mundane into the miraculous, a delicacy and mystique in her images that welcomes contemplation, displaying the natural and urban worlds attempting to find balance and common ground with each other in their slow, delicate and tense game of tug-of-war.

Personal photography projects are not Marigomen’s sole specialty. Her creative outlets include holding the position of photo editor at 01 Magazine, exhibition curation, and contributing photography to a respectable list of publications”.

"Picture Book - Jennilee Marigomen" Austin McManus, Editor, Juztapoz Magazine, 2014.


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"There is a certain zen that comes with Jennilee Marigomen. Her works are familiar but ethereal. Her eyes have evolved to see the beauty in the mundane around her, allowing her to get lost in her own senses. She reveals the iridescent nature of our everyday.

Some photographers travel to faraway places or put themselves in extreme situations to get up close with the extraordinary. Not Jennilee Marigomen. Her passion lies in investigating everyday phenomena in search of beauty in our ordinary surroundings.

“My work is about evoking a visceral feeling. I think that a lot of my photos capture a familiar, yet specific truth that is common to everyone. Something that you can look back to and feel at that moment in time, everywhere and everyday.”

But with a focus on the “ordinary”, how does one go about finding the inspiration that comes through so significantly in the final photo? Jennilee says she finds motivation in the ability to exercise awareness through her senses: “Getting lost in experiencing and reveling in my environment is as fulfilling to me as the finished product.”

—"Beauty In The Ordinary - Jennilee Marigomen" for Nikon, 2013


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"Self taught creative Jennilee Marigomen personifies a paradigm shift in the way we interpret habitual art and the happenstance phenomenon of photography.

Currently living and working in Vancouver, the dissension that tethers nature to it's constructs is consistent across the cityscape and equally as prominent in her photographs. In this examination the perpetual displacement between the wild landscape and the simulated environment yield a profundity and mystique that defines Marigomen's vision.

The painterly compositions and unexpected subtleties of her work impart an equity of form and a spectrum so vivid and emotive that they're often aligned with a specific level of concentration and contemplation. It's through this consummate evocation of light, roused by her meditative process where she investigates a sensitivity often reserved exclusively for the reverent. Being privy to her second sight is a spiritual experience, transcending formalities, empyrean beyond a doubt."

—Zoe Marianne, Wild at Heart Interview, 2013



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"In a city like Vancouver that is renowned for its photography, it takes something really special to catch our eye in this crowded arena. Jennilee Marigomen’s work looks at what much photography produced in this city does: urban spaces, as well as our relationship with and the tension between the natural world and the built environment. But her images contain a blatantly beautiful poetic whimsy, as well as the sense that you are privy to a moment which is simultaneously ordinary and extraordinary, distinguishing her from the pack. Although Jennilee works with found scenes, stumbling upon what she captures with her lens, her photographs are rigorous in their formal qualities of composition, and painterly in their balance of form and colour as well as her masterful portrayal of light. "

-—Emmy Lee, Assistant Curator, The Vancouver Art Gallery. For "Here & Elsewhere" (Interview), 2012



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"Sedate and reverent, Jennilee Marigomen floats toward scenes of scenic splendor. Reveling in the warm mysteries and cold carnality of natural light, her camera impossibly captures, in microscopic detail, the fleeting visceral feeling of each atmosphere its sly lens fixes upon. Whether or not people are physically present in Marigomen’s images, each one is marked by a ghostly trace of humanity. There is a very long rope invisibly tying these ethereal images back to a nameless group of compatriots. We only glimpse them through tree branches and fiery lens flares, but they always feel nearby, protecting us from the detached desolation of the Northwestern wild."

—Graham Kolbeins, Writer. For Spike Jonze's "We Love You So" , 2010



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"First a bit about me: late last year I published a book called SHOOT that collected work from about 20 photographers working in an informal ‘point and shoot’ style, with contributions from Nan Goldin, Stephen Shore, Wolfgang Tillmans, Juergen Teller, Mark Borthwick, and younger photographers such as Peter Sutherland, Nacho Alegre, Paul Schiek and Thomas Jeppe. The accessibility and naturalness of their photos is inspiring for even informal photographers, while the subtle skill required to create such seemingly effortless images also demands respect. This was the second book that I’ve been fortunate enough to edit and curate, and I was incredibly proud to be able to work with these photographers. The only problem was that, the better I got to know their work, the more I felt like my role had become irrelevant. Photographers are now acting as their own curators and publishers, creating independent networks (both in print and on the web) to support each other and to promote images they find influential. And really, shouldn’t you trust their opinion more than mine?

In contrast to the other photographers in this issue, Jennilee Marigomen has eschewed print for more ephemeral media. A partner in the online-only 01 Magazine (which despite its name, is strictly a website), she has seen her work extensively reposted and reblogged, making her something of a viral star among the new generation of web-savvy curators. Marigomen has also been influential in starting a series of outdoor slide-show events, showcasing the work of photographers through public exhibitions in her hometown of Vancouver, Los Angeles and (soon) San Francisco. Originally titled Night Vision and since renamed Stream, the remarkably simple to execute projection exhibitions have inspired imitators in remote venues such as Vilnius, Lithuania. Marigomen’s own dreamy photos are the perfect accompaniment to a warm summer night." (Full article)

—Ken Miller, Editor & Curator, "Shoot - Photography of The Moment" For Celeste Magazine, Summer 2010