(Photo credit: Alpen Badgett, Piano Fingers Hand Clapping Games; Juror’s Honorable Mention)
Children have a unique sense of bodily abandonment that sadly dissipates as we age. This lack of concern for our physical selves is regained seemingly only in sleep. Alpen Badgett’s Piano Fingers Hand Clapping Games demonstrates that a portrait does not rely on the presence of a face, that a gesture – a curled fist, a pensive toe – speaks volumes about the character of the figure in question.
(Photo credit: Leigh Anne Langwell, “Drift”; Juror’s Selection)
Leigh Anne Langwell’s photograms burst across the paper surface like so many dying stars and exploding galaxies, the stuff of science fiction or microscopic cellular analysis – either/or would fall in line with Langwell’s thinking.
My professional background in biological and medical imaging has had a considerable impact on my artistic process. My earlier work was specifically concerned with the historical conventions of scientific imaging that often appeared in outdated scientific texts from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
What I found interesting were the outmoded conventions of logic that dictated how the information was presented in relationship to a body of presumed facts that were either no longer valid or had simply ceased to exist outside of their own obsolete relationships. When the context of these images ceased to adequately inform them, fact became rather pliant metaphor that called into question the veracity of the nature of observation and the presumed objectivity of both the observer and the scientific document itself.