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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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H. Jennings Sheffield

SPE Member since 2010
Member Chapter: South Central


Tethered is an ongoing investigation into the tethering effect we experience in our everyday lives.  Tethered is a combination of archival digital prints mounted on panels, video and sound installations.  It communicates this feeling by portraying what a specific period of time looks like, during different days of the week. Using a mathematical formula I created, each print illustrates what a two hour period of time looks like as I balance artist, mother, teacher, wife, and daughter throughout the week. As unique as each two-hour interval is, certain consistencies also run through our scheduled days. The look and feel of a two hour period in the morning versus a two hour period in the afternoon conveys a very different set of characters, circumstances, interactions, responsibilities, and roles.

In comparison to today, past generations whether by choice or not were very segregated -- work and family life rarely converged. However, through technological advances, our lives have become more confused, intermingled, and merged -- thus creating the tethering-effect.

This work is based on images I photographed over a 4 month period of time documenting my life as an artist, mother, teacher, and wife. From these thousands of images, I pulled 4 to 6 images that best represented this two hour period of time (e.g. 2:00pm-4:00pm). Although from the same two hours, the images are taken on different days of the week.  Once selected, I digitally break down those images into vertical slices. I then reintegrate the vertical slices from the chosen 4 to 6 images through a mathematical formula, to create a single, compressed image of time. Each print illustrates what a two hour period of time visually looks like throughout the week.  Once compressed, and as in real life, all the the different events and interactions inevitably merge into a singular life experience.

2:00pm-4:00pm (Sept. 10, Oct. 20, Oct. 25, Nov. 23, Feb. 1)

6:00am-8:00am (Oct. 11, Oct. 27, Nov. 11, Nov. 23, Feb. 14)

8:00am-10:00am (Sept. 17, Sept. 23, Sept. 27, Oct. 15, Oct. 28)

10:00am-12:00pm (Sept. 10, Sept. 22, Oct. 6, Oct. 15, Nov. 20, Feb. 8)

12:00pm-2:00pm (Sept. 29, Oct. 6, Oct. 12, Nov. 19, Feb. 18)

4:00pm-6:00pm (Sept. 9, Sept. 25, Oct. 20, Oct. 28, Nov. 25, Feb. 8)

6:00pm-8:00pm (Sept. 13, Sept. 23, Oct. 18, Oct.22, Nov. 8)

8:00pm-10:00pm (Sept. 10, Sept. 25, Oct. 10, Oct. 25, Nov. 10, Nov. 23)

10:00pm-12:00am (Sept. 9, Sept. 27, Oct. 4, Nov. 6, Nov. 18, Feb. 24)

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