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M. Laine Wyatt

SPE Member since 2017
Member Chapter: Southeast


In photographically navigating interior public spaces I'm attracted to the generic yet rich quality of detail to be observed. A sort of theatre of the ordinary, there is often a melancholy emptiness, which is easily overlooked. We find clues about our own lives as well as clues to the identity of our region. These spaces, which are uninhabited by any people, and the cultural artifacts which are juxtaposed within, together propose a kind of public mythology that has a Pompeian quality. The recent presence (of persons) points to an absence which encourages us to scrutinize and assign new and perhaps more poignant significance to these 'remnants'. I want to see what has been left behind in these spaces. I'm interested in how the juxtaposition of objects and their spaces connotes values, belief systems and priorities. I want to see if we can find ourselves in these places or if we find something more peculiar, or more interesting. I'm also interested in creating images that raise questions about our perceptions of our values, our priorities and ourselves. I am intrigued by how these spaces, in their ordinariness, are arrestingly beautiful and simultaneously strange. I record them because they exist in these ways only momentarily. They are curious and commonplace and invisible. They linger now, seeking meaning.

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