Vicki DaSilva, "Union Terrace #7", 2006, c-print mounted on aluminum, 40 x 54”

Vicki DaSilva, “Union Terrace #7”, 2006, c-print mounted on aluminum, 40 x 54”

Vicki DaSilva

These photographs are all site-specific, single frame, timed exposures, created at night. Each image employs either four-foot or eight-foot fluorescent tube lamps encased in color gels that travel manually on installations of custom wire pulleys or metal track systems. The tubes either move across the topography of a landscape or in relation to a built structure, to create a vibrant, purely photographic reality, while allowing the existing setting to remain visible.

My process is both deliberate and intuitive. There is the considered placement of the camera and tripod and the overlapping of colored illumination to create new hues using light’s additive palette. The speed at which the bulb travels, the preferred density and saturation of color, the placement of color, and the patterning of the bulbs are all intuitive decisions that arise while each image is being made.

The photographs all happen in real time and are shot on medium format chrome film. There is no digital imaging used. In this work, the light burns the emulsion of the film and creates images that otherwise would not exist, like paintings. I invite the viewer to engage with my work as they would with paintings as it is best for individual viewers to elicit their own direct responses on a personal level.

Vicki DaSilva (Allentown, PA) earned her BFA at the Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. Vicki’s work has been featured in both solo and group exhibitions at Flanders 311 in North Carolina, Art Gotham in NYC, Silver Eye Center for Photography.