Textual Interventions – Photo Text
Symbols of Economic and Ideological Prerogative
Landscapes of the Mind
In this image and text work I use lens based media, language or a combination of both, to present metaphor or symbolism. The parts must be understood to fully grasp their relevance as a whole, making them like a jigsaw mystery. It is my intention that they become richer; ‘The whole becoming greater than the sum of its parts.’
I use what I call ‘Textual Intervention’ in my image and text work . Whereby I incorporate text as a way of short circuiting the photographs multiplicity of interpretation; this is carried with the image regardless of situation and produces resonant anchored meaning.
This image and text is a physical intervention with the surface of the photograph. I cut by hand, the text into or paste it onto the final printed image. When I paste it on; this is achieved by cutting the text from another version of the print; typically one that is lighter or darker in tone. This process denies the viewer unfettered access to the image and intervenes in the photographs illusory depth. In part by making the substrate or carrier become an object in its own right. I think this is prompted at least in part by my history of mixed media object making which brings me back to a desire for the object to move beyond a flat surface.
My recent work process also questions the sometimes fetishised technical and aesthetic qualities of print production. By showing my – the creators hand in the cuts, the process refers to authorship the photographs democratised position in image making and questions ideas of work activity.