Projects > The Swan, 2016

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THE SWAN

“Even the most solid of things, and the most real, the best-loved and the well-known, are only hand shadows on the wall. Empty space and points of light.” — Jeannette Winterson, Sexing the Cherry

“A purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved.” — Kurt Vonnegut, The Sirens of Titan

In this series, I am simultaneously exploring ideas about self-rivalry, Utopia, and Jungian interpretation of mirrors. In researching this work, I draw on speculative fiction, philosophical theories of possible worlds, technology, and feminism to explore discrete but interconnected questions surrounding love, desire, and free will. In this work I am also abstractly considering the feelings of dislocation and disembodiment in our increasingly crowded digital space.

Formally, this work draws from my in alternative mark making. Can a photograph become a drawing? Can you make a drawing using only light and shadow? This work began in the dark room as photograms. Each image is made using flashlights, mirrors, a candle, and a feathered mask. Small gestures are recorded on the surface of photographic paper and processed in the darkroom.

Each image is then scanned and output as an archival print. Some images are digitally painted. Some are left as they appeared in the darkroom. This project is important to me as an experiment in combining my two artistic passions lens based work and painting.

MFA Graduation Show, Ackland Museum, Chapel Hill, NC
epson archival prints of photogram
variable
2017
The Mask
Photogram
2016
Mudra
Photogram
2016
Rival
Photogram
2016
Sister
Photogram
8x10 inches
2016
Sister #2
Photogram
2016
The Fever
Photogram
8x10 inches
2016
Jawbone
Photogram
8x10 inches
2016
Untitled
Photogram
8x8
2016
Peony
Photogram
8x10
2016
Peony #2
Photogram
2016
The Cave
Photogram
8x10
2016
The Raven
Photogram
8x10 inches
2016
Dark Wing
Photogram
8x10 inches
2016