Esther Murphy

"FOREIGN MATTER"

April 2 - May 1

Esther Murphy

FOREIGN MATTER: A Narrative Account

April 2 - May 1

RECEPTION:  Saturday, April 2 (6-9 PM)

 

 

In photographing materials and spaces, I play with transparency, translucency, and opacity formally and metaphorically to challenge viewers’ ability to visually read and understand the photograph.  I begin from an exploration of my surroundings, and ultimately a durational interest in the formation of myself, the work, and the narrative associated therewith.  I explore narrative by adhering to three foundational themes: interiors, landscapes, and abstraction. I destabilize this foundation by using form and color to create relationships between otherwise disparate images and spaces.  I undermine the promise of photography as a medium of storytelling by presenting puzzling but visually seductive image sequences, ultimately pushing narrative to the edge of readability.

 

Foreign Matter: A Narrative Account is a representation of images made while I was living abroad in Frankfurt Germany.  Culled from a series of images (Feeling/Being Foreign) that are sequenced and titled, the installation is meant to be a reactivation of the images within a present time and space.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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