2013 International Art Festival

Artist Official Entries

Megan Parker

Arvada CO USA
Artist’s Statement In Lost and Found, a series of black and white alternative process photographic prints, I am exploring themes of loss and re-discovery of identity, embracing imperfections and loss of control. This series was created in response to the separation of my husband and myself. It was a very influential and defining relationship; that loss forced me to re-discover myself and create a new identity, which is reflected in the photographs. The combination of nakedness and the obscuring of the figure’s identity represent the struggle between the desire to express myself, and the desire not to be vulnerable. These images speak to the beauty that can be found in accepting imperfections and mistakes, both in process and aesthetics. For these images I puree pineapple and let it sit on the emulsion side of the negatives for 10-20 minutes and then rinse them in water. Pineapples contain an acid called bromelain, which breaks down the gelatin that holds the image on the film causing it to dissolve. By doing this I let go of some of the control that I have over the final images and embrace the element of chance. This work is about letting go of people and things that I love and having to redefine myself. It is about embracing the unknown. These photographs address the struggle between wanting to reveal myself and the desire to remain withdrawn.
© Megan Parker | XI 3408
2013 Photography | Xi
silver gelatin print, 16x20, 2013
USD $250
© Megan Parker | XII 3409
2013 Photography | Xii
silver gelatin print, 16x20, 2013
USD $250
© Megan Parker | XX 3410
2013 Photography | Xx
silver gelatin print, 16x20, 2013
USD $250