|A SENSE OF DEPARTURE|
a photo-based artist, I am deeply interested in questioning forms of visual
representation. Through my work I seek to address the ways in which we
experience and interpret what we see; how we encounter, read, construct,
classify, categorize and evaluate our visual world.
photo-sculptures, created in 2004 & 2005, re-configure the framework
and conditions in which the photographic image is normally perceived. Here
the ‘photograph’ is no longer a flat representation or a ‘window
onto the world’ but rather a three-dimensional sculpture. Standing
before these ‘photographs’ we are confronted with the materiality
of the photographic image as it becomes the object’s skin, a delicate and
impermanent surface wrapping around space. The photo-sculptures,
displayed as stand-alone objects, are alternately represented in the form of
photographic light boxes. Their simultaneous presence raises the difficult
question of the nature or essence of the photographic image itself.
attraction to those physically manipulated sculptural forms subsequently
caused me to abandon the photographic image entirely. Working with blank
canvas, these forms began to take over my studio, and grew into undulating
landscapes. In these topographies, the moods of peaks and valleys which
shifted as the light changed—brought me to appreciate anew and want to
capture and fix in time—as a two-dimensional representation—that which
was fleeting and impermanent.
retrospect, this process has compelled me to return to explore the evocative
power and poetics of the photographic medium—the language of light and
shadow, depth of field, framing, timing, and vantage point.
Susana Reisman, 2007
SUSANA REISMAN is a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology (MFA), who now lives in
For more information about Reisman visit her website at www.susanareisman.com.
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