“Inspired by a dream, I have been gathering photographs from my past and bottling them. The torn edges of the photographs reference the fragmentary nature of memory. When grouped together in sets, the images take on a cubistic quality, emulating how the eye moves through a scene, never quite recording the entire picture.
I am also interested in the conflation of art and science. The photographs hover in mineral oil like specimens, once fully alive, now waiting to be analyzed. I have been particularly drawn to imagery of the natural world because it is nature that science has worked so hard to seal and study while paradoxically it is nature that holds mysteries larger than can ever possibly be contained.”
2. Do we as viewers and artists have to agree with the 'authority' that a work IS art? If not, then what happens- how do we challenge the authority?
3. Which is more important when determining a work of art- the system behind it or the viewers opinion?
4. What is the role of the museum? Is the art still considered art once it has left the museum walls or if it even makes it to the museum walls... Does it's importance change?
5. Which audience is considered more important? (What I mean is, is the every day outside world more important or those who constantly attend gallery shows and are more 'trained'?)
2.) How does the relatively short history effect how we study photography?
3.) Are all judgments of art equal?
4.) What distinguishes an art object from all other non-art objects in the world?
5.) Why is recognition required? IS recognition required?
There was an art opening, already scheduled, that took place in Tucson the same day of the shootings this month. Oddly (or poetically) enough, the opening was for Francois Robert, whose work of photographs are of bones arranged in shapes that are symbols of violence, as the one above.
Does an/a illness/disability add or subtract to an artist's effectiveness?
What is perfection?
Why is art adaptive to change?
Does the term "art" say as much as a photograph can? (This question may not be effective or invalid)
This Smithsonian site addresses the question, "how does photography change things?" Among the issues painted broadly - how does photography change who we are, what we do, what we want, and then posts stories that draw a finer line such as Wendy Ewalds's - How Photography changes personal history, or Hany Farid's - Photography changes what we are willing to believe.