One day there was a man selling boxes of photo albums at a flea market by my house and that is where these source images are from. The titles of the pieces are the bits of hand written notes on the back of the photos and they’re all I know about them. I had purchased a small bag of loose photos, and the people and places do not seem to have anything in common.
I find them to be fascinating vignettes into lost strangers lives. By their nature as photographs, each of the source images is inherently still, a frozen relic of an untouchable past. Nonetheless, photography has a special power: pictures, more than any other medium, evoke presence. An unaltered photograph gives to us a space, a person, a landscape that we know to exist, even as we know we can never reach it. These re-compositions utilize the qualities and visual cues found in photography to produce work that is both powerfully emotional and enigmatic.
What the paintings seek to preserve from their source material is the sense of presence embodied in the photographs from which they originate. By doing so the pieces attempt to elevate the figures from the merely decorative to beings possessed of psychological interiority.
Matted color print. Signed and numbered by the artist. Limited printing. Available mat colors: white, black, blue, navy blue, light blue, gray, cream, off white, dark green, brown.
8 x 10 print (11 x 14 with mat)
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Originally from the small town of Willits in Northern California, I moved to New Orleans from the Bay Area in 2013. I've always loved to draw and grew up taking art classes--everything from ceramics to modern dance--but it wasn't until my sophomore year in college that I took my first painting course. I've been fascinated with the medium ever since. Moving to New Orleans has given me the time, inspiration and opportunity to finally paint again and I couldn't be more thrilled.
Saegan Swanson is a New Orleans artist living and working in the Central City neighborhood.
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