Rebecca Zeiss

We have expectations of what things should look like and we assume the camera will render those expectations. While one would consider camera optics to be revealing, they also may be used as a device of concealment. It is through the use of these optical choices that allow my work to present shifting visual illusions and allusions. This created incongruous space gives a sense of permitting real time and remembered time to cross paths.

Remembered time can perform like stories housed in our memories that are recalled through objects. Some of the stories we care to share less are stories of loss or pain and some are of moments of epiphanies and amazing experiences. All are the stories I seek. I have no pre-vision of what the stories will be as I invite each individual to share their objects that are loved or have personal meaning. I invite those objects and their owners to tell their stories. The conversations that evolve between artist, subjects and objects equally engage the viewer in our shared conversations.

The work that evolves from these conversations investigates each idea from multiple vantage points. The project started as a cathartic exercise, but as the narratives have unfolded verbally and visually and as the images have been conceptualized and actualized the work shifted from a personal to a wider scope. The main body of work emerging from this is called In Search of Forgiveness.

The working parameter for each image is Eastern perspective with shifting multiple vantage points utilizing a long vertical format. All of these photographs are printed platinum/palladium; all have very specific areas that are in focus, as well as very specific things that are concealed. Trace images of objects often have culturally assigned historical context. It is through the aura of these histories that we collectively understand, assign signifiers, and assemble the narratives. As this work grows I continue to find the visual dialog pertaining to the types of memories associated with these objects and shared in our collective memories.