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2019 SPE Annual Conference: The Myths of Photography and the American Dream / Major support by The Joy Family Legacy Foundation

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Ariel Wilson

SPE Member since 2016
Member Chapter: Southwest

2017 W/SW Juried Exhibition Application Portfolio

Desire for Sight,
Sight as Knowledge(?).

I am currently questioning an assumed relationship between sight and knowledge. Spaces of uncertainty, visual or factual, evoke a sense of desire within the viewer: a desire to know by seeing. My work explores the idea that between truth and fiction, or clarity and obscurity, we might encounter projections of ourselves.

I ask, "How do we separate the world with our perceptions of the world?"

Within the series, In Search Of…(2016) sculptural and photographic pieces isolate and reconstruct fragments, questions, and thoughts from a found journal. A loose clover, a sticker on the inside cover, and the question “Should I… do something?” all become leads for research and the recreation of experiences. All of which I hope might allow me to connect with the anonymous writer. The mystery around the found object creates a space of uncertainty, inspiring in me a deep curiosity. Questing through the unknown, the stranger evades me and I am ultimately left with only a confrontation of myself. I invite the viewer to proceed into the space of uncertainty that each piece creates, and explore it as one of self-discovery.

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Should I... do something?

The Clover (A Stand-In)

The Journal (2nd Variation), Ed. of 12

In Search Of...

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