'Simone Douglas: Endless Days' - Video Interview of Amy Theiss Giese at PIP Festival

Last month on September 19 in Pingyao, Shanxi Province of China, Global Photography was honored to meet many excellent photographers and curators as well as their talented exhibitions at the 2018 Pingyao International Photography Festival. "Endless Days", as one exhibition of the Festival, attracted various attentions on the exhibition site including ours. This artistic exhibition was curated by Simone Douglas and showed four artists' work. Here, we introduce one of photographer Amy Theiss Giese's work and interview video at the "Endless Days" exhibition.

Exhibiiton Title: Simone Douglas: Endless Days

Curator: Simone Douglas

Artists: Tamara Dean, Shoufay Dertz, Christina Labey, Amy Geise

Artist Amy Theiss Giese's Biography:

Amy Theiss Giese is a Boston based artist whose work is rooted in materialism, exploring what the fundamental forces are for a given medium. Focusing on photographic and sound recordings, she looks at how slipping between mediums alters perception and how the language of abstraction can address the intangible forces that shape our lives. Her work has been featured in numerous exhibitions, including Granary Art Center, Utah; Lishui and Yixian International Photography Festivals in China; the University of Maine Museum of Art; and Colorado Photographic Arts Center. Giese has recently been featured in publications including PreCog Magazine and Art New England. She is the Program Director of the MFA in Photography at the New Hampshire Institute of Art.

Project Introduction (Artist Statement):

Exhibition Title: Endless Days

Bleeds, stippled areas, sharp lines – that build to an almost recognizable form. These abstract images sit at the intersection of painting and photography and exists because of both the marks I make and the unexpected reactions that occur in the two part chemical process of chromoskedasic sabatier (chromo). The unique chemical paintings that I create are fundamentally photographic, yet they shift away from being recognizably photographs of something. The chromo process alters the grains of silver in the paper, changing their shape and size so that each one refracts different wavelengths of light, revealing the different colors and sometimes a build up of metal.

I approach my work in the same spirit as the inventor of the chemigram, Pierre Cordier and the inventor of chromo, Dr. Dominic Man-Kit Lam, who viewed their methods as a hybrid between painting and photography, art and science. For me, the reaction between light, silver and time is fundamentally photographic; the core of its identity. By stripping away the camera, the index, the language of the image's creation speaks to its intangible reality. I feel a tension in trying to make visible something that is immaterial, in making a photograph without any indexical pull to reality. In trying, I am advocating for an expanded definition of the photographic medium via the abstract manipulations of the materials that make chemical photography unique.

Tactile yet indefinable forms swim across the surface of the paper. Some have a faint sheen to them, like prisms, reflecting the quantum nature of light itself. Others have layers of subtle color, with a ghostly sense of depth. The images hover between painting and photography, deliberately drawn elements and unknowable results. My gestures collaborate with the light and time to create the physical changes in the silver. There is no reference to reality, no eidetic instant frozen on a piece of film. Yet I am very aware of the moment, of this reality, waiting and responding to the ongoing alchemical reactions. There is an element of chance, of controlled chaos, of embracing change. The work is an attempt to transform an articulated place into a more nebulous space – the place of the darkroom, the mental and physical space that I occupy, and the transformation of that experience into an object that holds the residue of the light and silver.

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