Cathy Spence, "Stirringofbirds", 1997, Asphaltum stained gelatin silver print, limited edition of 10.

Cathy Spence, “Stirringofbirds”, 1997, Asphaltum stained gelatin silver print, limited edition of 10.

Cathy Spence

Because of my interest in the history of photography, I have become intrigued with portraits from the era of the Daguerreotypes to the images of the mid-twentieth century. Julia Margaret Cameron, Lady Clementina Hawardine, E.J. Bellocq, and many other anonymous portraitists have had great influence on my work. In studying images of these photographers, I have become aware of the poor condition some of the prints are now in and how the damage only adds to the expressiveness of the images. No other art form has the innate ability to address the issue of time like photography; not only by halting a moment, but in the aging process of the actual print. The tatters and tears of an image reveal its history like the yellowed and dog-eared pages of a well read book.

Cathy Spence, selected by Keith Carter, received her BA in Fine Art from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. She was awarded a Houston Center for Photography Fellowship in 1998 and has shown at Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery in Dallas and Stephen Clark Gallery in Austin. She has prints in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and the Witcliff Collection of Southwestern and Mexican Photography.