Many of my projects are experiments in which the external world is lensed in a way that considers inner reality and visual perception; photography implies an objectivity, whose impossibility masks potent subjectivities.
The alchemists believed in transmutation: changing a thing from one state into another, higher form. This transmutative elevation is achieved through color and chemical action. This cycle of photographs was created by working directly on photographic paper with light and chemicals. I choose to return to these irreducible elements, the invisible tools of analogue photography, in order to produce a new, tangible photographic subject. Taking the camera away from photography doesn’t remove the possibility for an image, instead it provides space for proposing images for an un-lensed, visual world.
Works such as these invite viewers to engage in an unconventional relationship with photography, to decouple themselves from preconceived notions of what a photograph is, must or can be. These images are not representations of something else in the world, they are that something else in the world.
Rachel Wolf specializes in camera-less photography, alternative/antique processes, and immersive environments through light-based installations. One of her principal methods of working involves directly exposing photographic paper to light and chemicals. These primary photographic elements become the tools, subjects, and direct chemical process that create the image. Rachel is an educator and speaker in the field of photography. She is also a founding member of FO(u)RT Collective, a multi-disciplinary arts collective that creates/curates exhibitions and events. Rachel exhibits her work nationally, including; Disjecta Contemporary Art Center, Portland, OR, Camerawork Gallery, Portland, OR, Rayko Photo Center, San Francisco, CA, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH and National Video Center, New York, NY. Originally from Anchorage, Alaska, Rachel earned her BA from Hampshire College and her MFA from Pacific Northwest College of Art. She is represented by the Portland Art Museum Rental Sales Gallery, Portland OR and Picture Clear Art, Brooklyn, NY. Rachel currently resides in Portland, OR.
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