Title

Biomorphographs

Format

Senior Art and Design Exhibition

Faculty Mentor Name

Jennifer Little

Abstract/Artist Statement

In my paintings I have always enjoyed letting the paint move, drip, or mix on the canvas and I wanted to find a way to incorporate that interaction of materials into my photography. Prior to my work this semester I never experimented with abstract/minimalist photography. I altered my picture taking methods in order to force the imagery I created to reflect this genre of photography that I hadn't previously explored. All the prints in this series were created without the use of a traditional camera. Instead, I utilized water, food coloring, salt, soap, plastic wrap, and a flatbed scanner to create high resolution scans of the interactions between these materials. In a sense, I altered the flatbed scanner's purpose to use it like a large format camera. The resulting imagery took on the abstract/minimalist aesthetic that I originally intended, but also appeared captivatingly organic and became the body of work, "Biomorphographs." The prints have been printed on translucent clear film, mounted on tracing paper, placed on windows, and backlit to appear like enlargements of slides under the microscope. Since all the imagery was randomly . created with minimal control over the materials, the viewer is given more control over the interpretation of what they see in each print.

Location

Reynold Gallery

Start Date

3-5-2008 1:00 PM

End Date

3-5-2008 5:00 PM

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May 3rd, 1:00 PM May 3rd, 5:00 PM

Biomorphographs

Reynold Gallery

In my paintings I have always enjoyed letting the paint move, drip, or mix on the canvas and I wanted to find a way to incorporate that interaction of materials into my photography. Prior to my work this semester I never experimented with abstract/minimalist photography. I altered my picture taking methods in order to force the imagery I created to reflect this genre of photography that I hadn't previously explored. All the prints in this series were created without the use of a traditional camera. Instead, I utilized water, food coloring, salt, soap, plastic wrap, and a flatbed scanner to create high resolution scans of the interactions between these materials. In a sense, I altered the flatbed scanner's purpose to use it like a large format camera. The resulting imagery took on the abstract/minimalist aesthetic that I originally intended, but also appeared captivatingly organic and became the body of work, "Biomorphographs." The prints have been printed on translucent clear film, mounted on tracing paper, placed on windows, and backlit to appear like enlargements of slides under the microscope. Since all the imagery was randomly . created with minimal control over the materials, the viewer is given more control over the interpretation of what they see in each print.