Erin Bytheway: capstone

Bytheway, Erin, artist
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The artist's statement: My photography documents adventures and tells stories. It's a way for me to combine childlike desire to play pretend with an adult desire to have a career. Milky Way depicts the planetary explorations of a space pirate. The camera becomes a window of my ship; I look out and see nebulas, supernovas, gas giants, flat dusty deserts, treacherous polar ice caps, mountainous oceans, and decaying planets. The images themselves are meant to evoke a sense of discovery. I cultivate a landscape in miniature by allowing milk to dry at the bottom of glass, from anywhere between a couple of days to a couple of weeks. Everything from the leftover milk to the collected dust creates textures and patterns that I emphasize using multiple flashlights with colored filters. All of the images are photographed using a digital camera. This allows me to quickly see the results of each photograph. Once I move a light or wash a glass, I cannot recreate the specific conditions of the set up. Viewing each photograph becomes like viewing a planet through a telescope. It's a moment in the past that can never be recreated. The milk will be washed and replaced; the planets will be destroyed and become part of new planets in new star systems.
2016 Spring.
Colorado State University Art and Art History Department capstone project.
Capstone contains the artist's statement, a list of works, and images of works.
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photo image making
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