(re)View: At Home and Nearby
(re)View, in the South Gallery at Art Intersection, presents photography from three outstanding artists: Diana H. Bloomfield, Ernesto Esquer, and Katy Tuttle. They were invited back to show additional work, initially introduced to us in the February 2017 Light Sensitive exhibition.
Each artist incorporates a distinct alternative photographic process in their art-making, including gum bichromate, wet plate collodion tintype, gelatin silver, and Polaroid transfer, to present his or her artistic vision.
Join us to celebrate the (re)View artists during the exhibition and attend the Walk and Talk with the Artists, happening before the Artists’ Reception on Saturday, October 28. Click here to learn more about the Walk and Talk and to register.
Diana H. Bloomfield
My work centers on the intersection of the past and my memories of that past. Memories, fugitive and ever shifting, remain ephemeral. Photographs offer tangible, fixed reminders of what once was, either experienced or reinvented. Both share the one constant of interpretation. And the interpretive nature of both memory and imagery lends itself to a kind of non-linear, dreamlike narrative. That’s the form my work follows.
To help create these images, I often print in 19th-century hand-applied printing processes. The multiple layerings of the gum bichromate process, in particular, offer infinite creative possibilities, removing all the hard and clearly defined edges, resulting in softness and ambiguity – much the way we see and remember.
In my tea toned gelatin silver prints, the photographs were immersed in a variety of black teas to give them their distinct, aged look. All of the prints were then painted with gold sumi-e watercolor around the edges.
I created emulsion lifts using Polaroid, Fujifilm, and Impossible Project films, by lifting the instant film emulsions and transferring them onto a variety of pre-painted or pre-gold leaf watercolor and printmaking papers.
The series At Home is a stitching together of tableau making up a quite every-day scene using a very old process and a toy camera. It is an exploration of the way our bodies move and land, how thoughts become scenic realities and how imagery can be all too fleeting as the days pass us by. These small moments of wonder last but seconds in our short lives, but often leave us with profound sense memories. This small form helps to magnify the largesse of our days.