Assorted Boxes of Ordinary Life & Dare Alla Luce
I am not specifically concerned with capturing a “concrete” reality in my photographs. I aim to use photography as a medium that explores the relationship between what is visible and non-visible. I have continued to work on the Dare alla Luce series over a period of time; initially responding to a collection of vintage photographs, retrieved from a variety of sources. In my most recent imagery, I specifically sourced portrait photographs. Each subject engages with the camera differently; sometimes the gaze is direct while some subjects appear vacant, offering alternative interpretations to these portraits.
I play with the light and use it metaphorically allowing for new readings, sometimes through heavy-handed applications and at other times delicately.
The images are permanently altered; they are lost and reborn, hence the title, Dare alla Luce, an Italian term meaning, “to bring to the light” in reference to birth.
The photographs of the serie Assorted Boxes of Ordinary Life were taken from a childhood archive of super-8 film projected onto old mirrors covered in dust. The resulting imagery from this process focuses on specific elements while occluding others. They question how we interpret photographs, and the fictions inherent in our perception. We draw inferences from subtle visual cues—a gesture, an object, an expanse of negative space—I play with these elements leaving room for the viewer to project, to imagine, to reminisce. When experiencing these visuals, which have been extracted from their moment in history, our understanding is informed more by our own stories than by those of the depicted.
In this work I play with the dusty surface on the mirrors. Dust is said to originate from the stars. The “actual stars at night” appear and disappear, like the flickering of the super 8 film on the mirror’s surface. Stars appear still, but they are continually moving. These images reflect change and continuity; the moving super 8 film is stilled by the act of re-photographing moments. Happiness is found in these expansive and in the small details of life. These moments of looking to the expanse of the stars and to the tiny details of life provide a space that offers reverie for what passes and what is still.
Amy Friend is a Canadian Artist with a national and international exhibition record. Her work explores the medium of photography by engaging with ideas related to history, memory, archives (both personal and anonymous) and phenomenology. She works with the medium of photography pushing its anticipated boundaries through installation and material experimentation.
Recent exhibitions include Strange Cities, Onassis Cultural Centre, in Athens Greece; Dare alla Luce, at 555 Gallery (Boston); Assorted Boxes of Ordinary Life (Rodman Hall, Ontario, Canada) and Chronologues, at Museum London (Ontario, Canada).
Friend has upcoming exhibitions at the DongGang Museum of Photography in South Korea and at the GetxoPhoto Festival in Bilbao, Spain.
Her work has been featured in select publications such as: California Sunday Magazine (USA), Musee Magazine (USA), Virginia Quarterly Review (University of Virginia), and Supernatural (&Magazine, Israel).