I have been engaged in making an ongoing personal Archive project for nearly 15 years. In these works I photograph, categorize and store a never-ending series of images according to subject matter. These images, like all images, exist as near-permanent records of fleeting instants, personal and collective histories. The images in the Archive have become surrogates for their now-past subjects. The categories are as mundane and universal as ‘airports,’ ‘fields,’ ‘brides,’ and ‘water’. Like a diary, they record the special, the everyday, the nothing.
In collages and installations, images from the Archive are extracted and printed, then used in multiple and recombined like wandering thoughts. The repeated images exploit and consider the reproducibility of the photograph, while de-stabilizing and de-valuing the image itself. The resultant patterns and visual rhythms become the visual equivalent of white noise, establishing an almost neutral, meditative, non- space. Through this process, the image becomes less about the unique, privileged vision of the photographer and more about the Sisyphean task of trying to capture, organize and preserve an endless, timeless stream of information, images and experiences.
Tara Fracalossi (Valatie, NY) is an artist who exhibits nationally and internationally, also serving as Assistant Professor of Fine arts and founding director of The Teaching Gallery at Hudson Valley Community College, SUNY. Her massive, ongoing work Archive (1998- present) comprises thousands of categorically sorted images shot constantly from everyday life and surroundings. As a re-sorted, diaristic document, her installations, works on paper and video projections— all excerpted from the Archive– are an inquiry into the meaning of our photographically recorded existence. In 2011, she received a Fulbright–Hayes Grant in support of her Transport exhibition. Tara is represented by Masters & Pelavin Gallery New York City.
Tara received CPW’s Fellowship in 2005 and was selected by the artist Liliana Porter. She previously received it in 1995. To view her fellowship portfolio, click here.