ART 5480: Photography Workshop
Inkjet Prints; 11″ x 17″
ART 314: Extended Photography
The works on display re-situate some traditional female artistic and domestic activities. A series of large photographs explore the ties women have historically been bound to by food and clothing. Weaving becomes a predominant theme and method by which these gender duties are examined. One of the works of this exhibition is an organic woven tablecloth depicting a myriad of images that seamlessly integrate over and under one another. The methods that bind these photos have also been bound to women over the centuries. The subtle references to the female gender also push and pull within the relationship of the organic and inorganic lifestyles that have evolved over time. The evolution is not perfect, nor complete, but the cloth is still being woven.
Sarah Jane Ripp
Art 699: Independent Study / Photography
2 prints in an ongoing series (20+ total)
In this series I am exploring books as a system of record keeping. Close, detailed frames are used in the photographs to examine books as a collection of handwritten records, labels and sentiments. Attention is drawn to texture, wear and marks found upon the pages, covers, edges and spine of each book to emphasize the handwriting that has been scribed upon these surfaces. The books are objects that once belonged to someone. They have been dismissed and cast off to second hand shops, making these once private messages publicly available. All of the writing is found and unaltered.
Art 456 – Digital Imaging in Photography
Digital Inkjet Prints; 5″ x 8″
Series of 7
In this series, I portray many different types of women adorning a golden phallus that was crafted by myself. It is meant to be a satirical view on Sigmund Freud’s theory of Penis Envy and how utterly ridiculous it would be if all these women possessed the treasured penis.
Art 456 – Digital Imaging in Photography
Inkjet Print 5″ x 7.5″
3 Diptychs 6 images total (ongoing)
I was inspired by fairy tales and had a desire to update them and make them relevant to modern times. I focused on avoiding the cliché Disney-like imagery that is often used to portray a fairy tale. The piece does desire a stronger connection to such classic stories. However, I feel the lack of traditional fairy tale elements makes the viewer question the piece and look more closely. The images submitted are my version of Hansel and Gretel telling a modern day story of pedophilia and child abuse.
ART 553 – Senior Project in Photography
Archival Inkjet Prints; 15″ x 17″
These photographs represent two people letting down their walls and exposing their delicate layers underneath. This thesis is inspired by my fascination with the natural environment and has become an outlet for my personal experiences with relationships. In this work twigs and other materials are extensions that map out internal emotions. These broken pieces are put back together, and although they are not perfect, they show a healing process. These imperfections and scars are experiences which humans thrive from. The project incorporates segments of a male and female body, opening multiple spaces of identification between the characters and the viewer. We lose something, we gain something, and we grow.
Tracy Drew Johnson
ART 216 Art Seminar (a portfolio building class)
Digital Prints; 32″ x 18″
Series of 50 images
“The Road Less Traveled”
This is work accumulated during a semester-long project designed to build a professional portfolio. My theme is centered around the metaphorical use of roads to depict life-changing events or the roads we choose to travel down as we take our life’s journey. While trying to make decisions about where my life will be going next, I looked at where I have been in my 50 years on this earth and used those experiences to make the choices for my future and have decided to take the road less traveled. I chose to formally present the series of images in a professionally printed “coffee table” type of book.
Art 576: Advanced Photography
Digital Prints; 7.5″ x 10”
From a series of 20
These two prints are from an ongoing series called Love Letters, which developed out of an experimentation on distorting figures by placing a convex glass surface between the camera lens and the subject. I am focusing on using character illustrations on romance novel covers. Previously, I have gone through great lengths to conceal these book covers whenever I am in public due to shame and embarrassment over their contents – these are by no means literary masterpieces. However, I remain captivated by the paradox that the novels offer to the reader. The characters are distilled to posses the very basics of human emotion, yet at the same time their motivations and interpersonal relationships speak of larger human ideals that are valued in the real world. Love, courage and trust are often masked by the overpowering sensation of desire. I find that as flat as these characters seem in the plot lines, they are relatable. The distortion works to counteract the idealized illustrations and in effect makes them more human.
Scanned Film Prints; 8″ x1 0″
2 in a series of 20
The freeway today is a lifeline through which products and people move across the country. In this series, I’m investigating the landscape that has grown to support this system. The aesthetic make-up of the small towns sustained by the freeway offer a stark contrast to the barren landscapes that surround them.