photo-based works and assemblages
Portfolio Showcase Family – a range of realities
Tiziana Rozzo and Charlotta Maria Hauksdottir
July 30 to August 28, 2016
Reception: Saturday, July 30, 5-7pm
Smith Eliot, Fragments
Patricia Lay-Dorsey, Tea for Two
Portfolio Showcase Theme: Family!
A range of realities. Ups & Downs. Savoring it. Dealing with it.
Tiziana Rozzo, Far From Home
Charlotta Maria Haupdottir, Moments
About the Artists
Smith Eliot, Fragments and Little Boxes
“Our memories exist as points in space. They are muddied by time, and made obscure by a certain kind of accretion. Our minds draw figurative lines between these points, and give us the illusion of seamlessness, but memory is actually fragmented, perforated and fleeting.”
In Fragments, a series of collaged negatives, Smith Eliot describes events that have happened in her life from this perspective of fragmented, perforated and fleeting memory.
Smith has been collecting batches of negatives from various sources –garage sales, ebay, antique stores- since about 2003. She has over 25 thousand negatives at her disposal for the creation of these images. Sometimes she starts out with a definite idea of what the final photo should communicate and how it should look, but more commonly, she start out with no idea at all, and simply begins cutting things that look “right,” and move them around until they fall into place. She works on a light table, and after cutting the negative pieces, she also scratch them, sand them, spray them with junk and finally assemble them into a final composition. Also present in the images are shaved curls of silver, salt crystals, hairs and other random environmental flotsam. She then scans these tiny negative-assemblages adjusts for density, and prints them digitally.
It’s in the nature of Little Boxes to hide something…if the box is closed, the insides are hidden from view. If the box is open, the exterior cannot be seen. That fact: that there is always something hidden -something secret- is essential to how they work and essential to how human beings also work. Another important feature is that the viewer must touch, unlock, and open the box before the contents may be revealed.
Each of Smith Eliot’s Little Boxes is a one of a kind creation and its own little world. Each can take many weeks to make. Recurring themes include: the passing of time, memory, and challenging relationships. Smith uses wallpaper, paint, and paper-clay to sculpt the contours of the interiors. Inside, besides her own photographs, she use antique doll parts, bones, insects and leaves of old books.
Bio Smith Eliot is a visual artist and analog photographer, and has been creating mixed media artworks since 1986. She has been exhibited nationally, won numerous awards, and has been featured in photography publications such as Diffusion Magazine, Shots, B&W Magazine, Bokeh as well as in literary journals such as Calyx.
Smith graduated with honors from the University of Chicago, and holds an MFA from SUNY, Buffalo. She currently teaches darkroom photography at the Portland and Clackamas Community Colleges.
Patricia Lay-Dorsey, Tea for Two
On January 28, 1966 Patricia Lay-Dorsey had her first date with a man named Eddie. After saying goodnight, she leaned against her apartment door said “I’m going to marry that man.” Ten months later, she did.
In 2015, the third coldest February in Detroit’s history kept her at home. “As I look through the lens of my iPhone camera, I see Eddie’s and my day-to-day life together against the backdrop of his playing “Tea For Two” on the piano and my singing along almost every night of the last 49 years.”
Bio Detroit-based photographer Patricia Lay-Dorsey brings her training as a social worker and four decades in visual art to her humanistic photography. Her photo projects tell the intimate stories of people’s lives – including her own – as seen from the inside. Her best known work, “Falling Into Place,” is a self portrait book that documents her day-to-day life with a disability.
Lay-Dorsey has had solo exhibits in Michigan, New York, Massachusetts and China, and recently received the Critical Mass 2015 Rauschenberg Residency Award. Her photo essays have been featured on the NY Times Lens Blog, Huffington Post, Feature Shoot, BBC World Update and Newsweek Japan, among others. Time.com named @patricialaydorsey the Michigan representative in their August 2015 feature, Instagram Photographers To Follow In All 50 States.
Selected through our Portfolio Showcase Call for Work,
the gallery is also featuring
portfolios by Tiziana Rozzo and Charlotta Maria Hauksdottir
Tiziana Rozzo, Far From Home
Far From Home originated in a time of deep emotional struggle for Tiziana Rozzo. Having difficulty embracing the reality of her life so far from her native home, Italy, she decided to follow her children and re-learn how to connect with the world around her, searching for beauty. Her need for connection found its meaning in the memory of her own history, rediscovered though her children’s first experiences with the world. “Far From Home” speaks about childhood, imagination, connection and disconnection, hope and the importance of family relationships.
bio Tiziana Rozzo was born and raised near Venice (Italy). After a career in the Neuroscience, she studied documentary photography at the New England School of Photography in Boston (MA) where she is now an assistant teacher. Her personal work focuses mainly on children, their relationships and the places where they work, play and live.
Rozzo has been nominated for the John Chervinsky Emerging Artist Grant at the Griffin Museum of Photography. She most recently exhibited in the New England Photography Biennial at the Danforth Art Museum, Framingham MA and the Curated Fridge, jured by Karen Haas, curator of the Lane Collection, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Charlotta Maria Hauksdottir, Moments
In her series, Moments, Charlotta Maria Hauksdottir photographs families in their homes over time. For each final composition, she overlays several of these images, fading one into another, to create a single photograph where the interior remains mostly the same but the family’s actions and interactions, recorded within the image, exhibit a ghostlike appearance. Evoking feelings of both nostalgia and loss, the images briefly suspends time, creating room for thought about the familiar landscapes of our own memories and places.
bio Charlotta María Hauksdóttir is an Icelandic fine arts photographer based in Palo Alto, CA. She has had solo exhibitions in Iceland at the Reykjavik Museum of Photography and the Reykjavik City Museum and in the US at First Street Gallery, Eureka CA and Zinc Details, San Francisco CA. Group exhibitions include Susan Eley Fine Art, NY; The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins CO and the Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose CA.
Her photographs are in public and private collections all over the world and have been published in several magazines and books. She graduated with an MFA in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2004, and previously received a BA in Photography from the Istituto Europeo di Design, in Rome, Italy.