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2018 SPE Annual Conference: Uncertain Times: Borders, Refuge, Community, Nationhood / Hosted by The University of the Arts

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Artist Talk with Eileen Rafferty

Friday, November 04 - 2:00PM to 2:45PM

Eileen Rafferty: http://www.eileenrafferty.com/


Spanning three decades, my work has evolved endlessly as my perspective of and relationship to Photography has changed. Working professionally as a custom darkroom printer in my formative years, I learned the importance of craft, patience, and perseverance. In graduate school the work evolved into digital explorations, three dimensional installations using a multitude of materials and eventually landing in video installation. Since then I have explored Photoshop as a tool to illustrate fictional stories and the dreamworld, mixed media using photo emulsion silkscreens on wood, and currently am exploring drawings with ink on paper influenced by archival historical photographs. Options for materials are unlimited as is the desire to continuously push myself to evolve in craft and concept while keeping the work and message authentic.


These concepts have been a foundation throughout the ongoing experimentation with materials. Family history, impermanence, Japanese culture, and our natural world - each influences the use of materials, informs the concepts and ultimately inspires the imagination.

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