Paulette Myers-Rich
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My photographs are about place- interior spaces and exterior landscapes, natural and built, real and constructed, where they intersect and what happens when they do. Because of the mutability of place, my work is also about time through observations of transformation and the ephemeral. I return to specific locations over months and sometimes years- revisiting, observing and photographing the changes within the static structure of a site, resulting in images that are evocative and somewhat mysterious despite my straightforward approach.

I am also a writer and my approach is not as a historian or documentarian, but as a storyteller. Yet this doesn’t mean a romantic or elegiac telling as many of these sites are disturbing, abject and even menacing. Therefore I provide the viewer the ability to visit and return to these difficult or disappeared places through a book format that permits one to linger, look and contemplate what was found there.

I work with photographs as image/object/poem sequences contained in book forms. Craft practice and materials are a central force in my work. Without them nothing can happen. I think through making. I work, evaluate and rework until a distinct presence arrives. Materials transition into content and form is the setting for reception. The image/object/poem is ingested through the fingers with the pages as transmitters. Paper is not simply substrate- it is story. The form is a revelatory device projecting through touch where my hands reach yours. Ink has depth to look into- sight becomes insight and the eye is satisfied. The book-object is a liaison- complete, autonomous and linked solely to the viewer, to be experienced intimately and encountered at will.

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