A Look Inside.
1998 – 2001
Early in my career I was taught about contact printing pieces of paper directly in the darkroom, photograms. In general, the medium of photography was all about the ‘negative’. I was often thinking about different methods and techniques of manipulating and creating different forms of ‘negative’. For a class at the Corcoran School of Art, I figured out that if I held a magazine page up to light that it would create a new juxtaposition between the two images on either side of the piece of paper. Once I did one of these I began looking through every magazine that I could find in order to discover that happenstance correlation and relationship between images that were unintentional by the designers, but created a new level of appreciation to the images. I intend to affirm the ‘magazine page’ as a window into the symbols and signs embedded in our collective cultural iconography.
This work is not meant to represent first-hand experiences, but rather investigate manufactured experiences that are being created daily by mass print media.
The term ‘rephotography’ can be used to express the techniques of this series. I have taken photographs that were taken for mass media production and ‘rephotogrpahed’ them through the photogram process. In the process of ‘revising’ or ‘compromising’ the magazine’s original intention of the images through the happenstance juxtaposition of the two images on the verso and recto of each page.
Subverting their original intention and attempting to decode the cultural artifacts by reconfiguring the ‘relational possibilities’ of the mass media images creates a revised aesthetic of the original images and addresses the use of sex, desire, and consumerism as marketed towards women in the mass media.