NEW: The Return, a photography exhibit by Linda Fox


Artist Statement:

           Creative processes in which we work — painting, literature, and photography — are not that dissimilar to the creative life processes in which we are immersed and those that surround us. Death as a creative process is a necessary step toward regeneration and renewal. I approach my photographic subjects with the understanding that these images of what I am seeing are also in the midst of a creative process. I utilized the method of series or sequence – to hold the moment in the death-life process, a moment that needed to be suspended, so one could look at it with more than a glance, have a moment to look into time and change, to study its movement and its confusion an   beauty – so that the effect of an image captured in a series on the observer would hold a more lasting, fluid impression.

I photograph common animals encountered in ordinary small town life: animals one might see by the side of the road, a domesticated dog killed by a car, a neighborhood cat, a discarded catfish caught in a nearby river and left behind, a mourning dove that has broken its neck, a deer in season killed by local hunters, a feral fox killed on the highway. These subjects are currently part of a human being’s conscious and unconscious awareness of the animal world in a typical small town. They may be a part but not a necessary part of the human world (excluding the emotional relationship between pet owner and pet); that is, they are elements of the world viewed from an unaffected distance.

“The Return” attempts to recreate visions of the natural world that are more harmonious and less compartmentalized, more wholesome, less segmented, and avoid the segregation of “diseased” versus “healthy,” “polluted” versus “unpolluted,” or “dead” versus “living,” In some small way, I am aiming to encourage a view of the natural world that sees value and beauty in all of its processes.

These photographs were taken with a Nikon D300s digital camera. The images were edited in Adobe Photoshop CS5 on a 2011, 27 in. Apple IMAC. The 20 prints were made on an Epson Stylus Pro 9800 wide-format printer using “Breathing Color: Vibrance Rag” 325GSM fine art paper with high gloss Baryta finish, 100% cotton.


Linda Andrea Fox received her MFA and BFA in Photography from East Carolina University School of Art and Design. For eight years she served as the biomedical photographer for Duke University Hospital and the Brody School of Medicine of ECU. She was born in California.


Dean’s Message

As the academic year comes to an end, it is a good time to reflect on some of the happenings in Joyner Library.  This year saw the opening of the Pirate CAVE in August and the renovation and grand opening of the Office for Faculty Excellence, the Office of the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), the University Writing Center, and the University Writing Program in May.  When students and faculty return in the fall, there will be a new Starbucks in Joyner Library, an expanded study area, a state-of-the-art security station, and reconfigured staff space on first floor.  These changes will help us provide a safe, secure 24/5 library space for ECU students, faculty and staff to enjoy beginning on August 20.  We’ll have a new library instruction room (Room 1415) as well.  We’ll expect to set a new record for monthly gate count, breaking the record of 113,979 people set in October.  While group and individual study rooms, powerful computers, large monitors, whiteboards, and equipment available for check-out are part of the attraction, certainly our knowledgeable and helpful faculty and staff and our wealth of print and online resources that support student learning and faculty research are a large part of the attraction.  We look forward to the 2013-2014 academic year bringing even stronger partnerships with the Office of the QEP, the Writing Center, Research & Graduate Studies, Student Affairs, the Student Government Association, and other groups as we continue to work together to make ECU the best institution in the region.

As I come to the end of my first year as Interim Dean, I want to thank a number of individuals and groups for the support they have given to me and to Joyner Library.  Here are just a few of them:

The ECU Faculty Senate Libraries Committee

Provost Sheerer

The Friends of Joyner Library

The Joyner Library Advancement Council

Donors to Joyner Library

The wonderful staff and faculty of Joyner Library

I wish everyone a productive yet reinvigorating summer and look forward to seeing you in August.

Bake Sale Results

Joyner Library’s Support Staff Assembly is pleased to report that the annual spring bake sale raised $426.22.  Proceeds will go to Relay For Life’s fundraiser.

For more information, contact event coordinator Tracie Hampton at 328-4085.