April – May 6, 2000
Part still life, part kinetic, and part conceptual art, photographs rendered in the technique of emulsion and image transfer explore the boundaries of traditional photography.
Margaret Casella’s unique presentation of the commonplace challenges the viewer to see beyond the image. She uses photography to enhance visual references in these images that refer to 17th century still life traditions and modern abstract trends.
Enhanced by strong chiaroscuro and lush color shifts, pictures of fruit, flowers, and vegetables are at the same time ephemeral and eternal.
The combination of the image and emulsion transfer technique allows the scenes to escape the confines of the frame and push the limits of the imagination.
Whether photographing in the studio or on location, Casella makes pictures of the “slices of life” around her and – by her printing techniques and presentation – elevates them.
Margaret Casella, who lives in NYC, studied at the International Center for Photography (NY) and received her Masters in Fine Art from Long Island University. Her work has been published in Photo Design and Harper’s Bazaar magazines and shown at the Midtown Y Gallery and Nikon House, both in NYC.