U of Wisconsin, Madison

Jenaille Northey

Jenaille Northey
Photo Independent Study
Digital Prints 16″ x 20″
From a series of 27

I am interested in ascertaining the point at which a fictional experience becomes a completely unobtainable reality. What distinguishes these books as purely fiction? What prevents real women from experiencing love the way the books present it? The wide spread popularity of romance novels among women speaks to the desire for idealized standards of chivalry and romance to be met in their own lives. Yet such standards cannot function outside of the realm of fiction and ultimately lead the reader to a sense of disappointment, which is perhaps the crucial element for a fantasy in the first place.

U of Wisconsin, Madison

Rebecca Comfort

Rebecca Comfort
Art 576: Advanced Photography
Digital Prints; 18″ x 12″ & 9″ x 6″

I’m examining the relationship between perceptions of American Indians and signage in Monona, WI that utilizes American Indian names/terms, some of which are offensive. The street signs encompass an eight-block neighborhood situated around Squaw Bay. A law in Monona states that an Indian may not own land; when Native members of the community asked the city council to remove the age-old law, the city council refused stating that it was “not enforced, and therefore not important.” Each street sign image will be juxtaposed next to two smaller accompanying images to provoke thought about Monona’s cultural climate.

U of Wisconsin, Madison

Mackenzie Reynolds

Mackenzie Reynolds
Art 576: Advanced Photography
Digital Photography

The introduction of digital photography has made it even easier to depict both the individual and the family. The ease of digital photography, contrasted with changes in the ideals of the nuclear family, brings me to question the ways that people are presently preserving and displaying their family photographs. My work will examine these relationships. I am interested in the organization as well as the chaos of the personal album. Whether the family collection is stored in a shoe box or proudly displayed on the wall, the choices made in the presentation of photographs play a key role in the telling of a family story.