Cutting People In

work from 2012

exhibited at Modern Times Coffeehouse and Hillyer Art Space in DC

“Just after beginning to cut people out of my photographs, I read Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art. Scott McCloud’s thoughts about the simplicity of cartoons were a perfect connection to my former anxiety about photographing people. He writes that illustrating comics is a reductive art because “great power is locked in few simple lines, releasable only by the reader’s mind.” The less specific a figure is, the more the viewers can insert themselves into the world within the frame. And so I carved windows into my photographs that allow the viewers to both look into the framed world, and to see their reflections looking back at them. The figural absences shift the focus to the viewers and how they can imagine each setting.”

 

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