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2021 SPE Annual Conference: Imagining Legacy: Archives, Collections, and Memoria

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Joan Fitzsimmons

SPE Member since 1999
Member Chapter: Northeast

Small & Large Thoughts. Blue Moon

Sometimes things are just as they seem and sometimes they resonate larger. One day, that simple bowl of yogurt suggests a stroke of paint and the whole history of art is revealed.
The resulting series, “Small & Large Thoughts”, literally began with a casual glance, a random thought, an observation after lunch. My emptied bowl of yogurt looked like the remnants of a painter’s palette. Having originally trained in painting and drawing, I began to reflect on that artform’s centuries of practice. I began shooting in black and white then realized that if I wanted to truly address photography’s relationship to paint that I needed to investigate color. I have also, often, increased the scale, further referencing other media. The casual glance occurs again. In shooting, I looked over and noticed old spoonfuls of yogurt, now given over to decay, empty containers demanding to be stacked, sculptural presences.

I never knew what the blue moon was until a few years ago when there was one of its infrequent occurences. Announced and explained by the media, some of the magic was lost, but I also noticed that my simple bowls of yogurt , which I still eat, can suggested the blue moon too. Since then I have added scanograms and toned photograms, intimate in scale, to this series, more small thoughts that evoke larger ideas.

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