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March 01-04, 2018

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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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David White

SPE Member since 2010
Member Chapter: International

In the Garden I Felt Safe - Topiary and TV

Here a television is used in the photographic process to replace the enlarger. In this work the modern is fused with the post-modern as analogue and digital methods are reconciled. The resulting images of topiary gardens create wonder and worry, fantasy and fear, a utopia of disquiet pleasure. Television and topiary share an ability to exist within a paradox. Both provide comfort and act as a filter of culture, yet both contain menace and can serve as a conveyor of fear. Topiary in its obsessive control serves as a declaration of power and wealth, a living reminder of who is in charge. Television reflects culture from the inside out as it reports on the spectacular world around us. Topiary appears strange and magical - nature put into "corsets and stays" - alluring yet painful. Television serves as the mouthpiece of material culture generating need for its products to fill as it celebrates the elite and famous. Fear becomes a commodity that is bought and sold on the backs of its viewers. In the end we are left looking for a way through the maze back to a safe place where we can rest.








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