The art of alchemy is the transmutation of matter, a process wherein something is changed from one state to another in order to achieve a higher or more valuable form. My photographic work takes from the alchemists this idea of transmutative elevation, which in my projects are achieved through light and chemical action.
This exhibition is a photographic dialogue between digital and analogue, film and paper. On the one hand it is a celebration of impermanence, while on the other it endeavours to capture the magic of passing moments. This attempt to photographically suspend magic is achieved by removing the camera and directly exposing paper and film with light and chemicals–making these primary photographic elements the tools, subjects and chemical process that create the final image.
Scanning the paper and film fixes the unstable images, contributing its own anomalies while virtualizing the alchemical process underway. The images that result from this transmutative process invite us to consider our notions of what a photograph is, must or can be. Perhaps they are not merely representations of something else in the world, but can be themselves that something of the world.
Rachel Wolf specializes in camera-less photography, alternative/antique processes, and immersive environments through light-based installations. Rachel is an educator and speaker in the field of photography. She has exhibited her work nationally, including; New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Cincinnati, Seattle, and Portland. Recently her work was acquired into the City of Portland’s public art collection and she has been the Artist in Residence at Rose Villa in Milwaukee, OR. Rachel is a founding member of FO(u)RT Collective, a multi-disciplinary arts collective that creates/curates exhibitions and events. Originally from Anchorage, Alaska, Rachel earned her BA from Hampshire College and her MFA from Pacific Northwest College of Art. Rachel currently resides in Portland, OR.
Artist Reception: June 7, 5:00-8:00pm
GALLERY SEASON SPONSOR: ART ELEMENTS GALLERY