This year I was fortunate to be chosen again to exhibit 3 photographs at the Maple Ridge ACT Gallery’s Ensemble show, November 5 – December 21, 2016.
These images form part of a larger body of work, Rock Paper Scissors Arugula, a daily photographic diary within walking distance of home. The stumps shown here are produced as tinfoiltypes, a process I developed that combines digital photography, tinfoil, adhesive film, and a desktop laserjet printer.
The stumps are local historical artifacts. Printing them on tinfoil reminded me of tintypes, a printing process in early photography in use at about the same time that these trees were logged and the stumps left behind.
The images on smooth tinfoil looked very seductive. The images did not, in my mind, open up more complicated interpretations of the stumps, which function as manufactured nostalgia. Today, the stumps are hauled out of their original locations to make way for housing developments and golf courses. They are then reassembled in new, man-made “natural” environments to enhance the look and marketability of these developments.
By crinkling the tinfoil, the seductive quality of the image was obscured and brought into direct competition with the modern tinfoil material, revealing the tinfoil for what it is and hopefully leaving the viewer with some questions about what they are seeing.
Removing glass from the frames allows the viewer to get closer and have a more tangible experience of the image and tinfoil surface. The image is not protected from its immediate environment and is subject to degradation, as are the stumps. Perhaps the image, printed on semi-transparent film adhered onto tinfoil, will eventually, erode, decay and slough off. A fitting demise. The images in the gallery, like the real stumps, are now transported into an artificial environment and have been given a monetary value.