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Laura Williams
North Carolina

Artist Statement Submitted 2014

In fourth grade I looked through a microscope and encountered an unknown world in a small sliver of onion. What I saw had a profound impact on me. I realized that what I see is not necessarily all that can be seen.

This series of photographs begins with collecting organic matter. The organic objects dry out and become increasingly gestural. I randomly place objects on layers of glass. The arrangement is constructed with familiar objects but what I see through the lens is another world. I seek an image that evokes a clear physical “feeling”-something that provokes a memory. The sensation of finding the right image is like the recalling of a dream that lies just under the surface as you wake.

I am a painter and I approach the process of photography with painterly concerns. This impacts how I use the camera and how I compose the images.

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