PHOTOGRAPHER | TRACI GRIFFIN
OPENING RECEPTION: NEXT WEDNESDAY | NOVEMBER 28 | 5PM-LATE | SPACE: ZAPPA ROOM |
ON DISPLAY FROM NOV 26 – JAN 26, 2013
111 MINNA GALLERY ANNOUNCES ITS FINAL EXHIBITION OF 2012 & TOP CHOICE OF THE YEAR
“When I was young my family moved around a lot. Just recently, I moved here from Portland. I’ve now lived in 8 different states. I have backpacked through 14 countries. I’ve even attended 4 colleges. I’m not sure how this has affected me as a person, for better or worse, but I imagine it somehow reflects on my work as a photographer. Although, I wasn’t one of those “kids with a camera” I think the propensity to make art has always been there. In fact, one of my earliest memories consisted of “figure drawing” when a neighborhood friend and I were caught drawing boobs on paper. It’s debatable, but I suspect, this may have been a game changer for me. One summer, when I was 7, I learned how to swim. I swam so much that my blonde hair turned the color of chartreuse. To remedy this problem, I decided to construct a wig from Spanish moss. Although my folks warned me of harvest mites, which often thrived in the mossy coils, I opted to ignore their advice. That very next day my scalp felt like rough leather set on fire. The mites managed to creep into the worst imaginable, unmentionable, anatomical locations. My face was swollen. I had slits for eyes. I caught fever and woke up one morning with a wondering eyeball. I like to call my lazy eye a blessing in disguise. It’s why I see the world differently and sometimes without a middle. I failed at describing this to others so I found a camera.
I’ve been working on this project on and off for almost 4 years. I read about symmetry in art, which seemed needlessly complicated. I learned that exact symmetry cannot be found in nature and allegedly the concept of symmetry in the universe has tormented famous philosophers for centuries. Perhaps this is why the images are slightly disconcerting. Personally, this project for me is simply about seeing something completely different in something so ordinary. It leaves you with a sense of wonderment and the possibility of a brand new synthesis.”