ARTIST STATEMENT

The true picture of the past flits by. The past can be seized only as an image which flashes up at the instant when it can be recognized and is never seen again.  -Walter Benjamin, 1892-1940


The photograph is a natural complement to the visual nature of history. Readings of space fill accumulated voids that manifest with the elapse of time. Images isolate progression and the photograph itself informs on the visual nature of change. Layers of disparate occurrence speak to tentatively informed historical concepts and associated narrative.

The past resides within images of space and transition arising as momentary instances of recognition. The artifactual nature of the subject stands as a flicker of occurrence. Subjects, both intrinsic and obscure, are often lost to more romantic notions of progression and change. Historical memory is not bound to a seamless chronology, but stands as a collection of disparate accumulations referenced in the present, while informing on the past.

The image as a catalyst of exploration and exchange resists constructed hierarchies within the visual world. In this manner, the photograph challenges the ritual of commemorative culmination. Visual renderings within the photographic frame act as instigation in conceptualizing the nature of a subject rather than as a memorial to the past it represents.

M.Walker, 2019

History Inverted, 2010

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