9.6 x 6.5 in. at 300 dpi
This image is actually boiling eggs under kitchen lighting.
Name: Nathan Bell
ART 2560 Computer Imaging
Medium: Digital Image Altered in nathanjbell
Original size: 2″ x 1.25″
Series of 2
Statement: The image was taken to enhance my photography skills. I later used the image in a digital editing project, to prove the human face is not symmetrical. The professor found the altered image to be very creepy. I find the eyes of a person can tell you anything you want to know. So I focused on the eyes when altering the images.
This project is a work in progress. They are digital prints and the size is yet to be determined. These particular images were taken in February 2008. In the middle of last semester I started to think about how I wanted to document my grandmother’s house. I have an attachment to this place and with everyday being closer to the day I find out she is no longer I want to have memories attached to her and her house. I grew up visiting this place and also lived there throughout high school into my first year of college. It was an experience that was overwhelming and yet full of love and care. My grandmother is what some people consider a hoarder but I think of her as a compulsive collector because she sees a potential use out of objects that most people throw away or donate, to make it someone else’s problem, on a whim. I see this being partially generational, growing up in the time of the depression, and partially the character of who she is—not the type of person who throws away something to update to the newest model because it looks better (even though the old one usually works better).
When I started to think deeper into the concept behind my project I realized that I wanted the end goal of this project to make a book of images that people can relate to. I want people to feel empathy and understanding and see the everydayness and compassion that is in this so called ‘chaos.’ It would be too easy to be overwhelmed and full of anxiety because that’s what we’re told to expect (in society). Most people do not live in homes that are in pristine catalog style cleanliness, like what we see in Martha Stewart’s Home Living, etc., and that’s why I think it’s important for me to share this body of work.
archival inkjet prints, 27″ x 27″
editions of 5
Icons of beauty, strength and gender abound in contemporary popular culture. We are inundated daily with visual examples of how to present ourselves. These images affect our self-perception as well as how we relate to other individuals in the corporeal world. I am interested in the endless combinations that can be generated using the imagery of pop culture. I use collage to create hybrid characters that highlight the bizarre and often contradictory relationships that exist among the iconic images that we consume. The figures and their environments reflect the struggle between affirmation and critique that we face when encountering the images in their original contexts. At once seductive and horrific, these tableaus are a visual incarnation of personal conflicts that arise for me when confronting the source imagery. Ideals of gender, beauty and strength are simultaneously challenged and reaffirmed as I expose the symbiotic relationship between fantasy and the corporeal that exists in pop culture.