18 x 25 cm
Soft cover / Pamphlet stitch
Limited Edition, 100 copies
₩70,000 / $70.00
Alyssa Minahan utilizes photographic materials, including unfixed gelatin silver paper and negatives, in non-traditional ways to express ideas integral to the medium of photography, specifically its complex relationship to time, space and memory. Every book is unique, with a different lumen print or polaroid object is tipped in.
NOTES is a visual poem about the impermanence of our lived experiences and the beauty to be found in its acceptance. When I began making this work, I had suffered a profound personal and physical loss. At the same time, I was seeking ways to describe the liminal period in my sons' lives between boyhood and adolescence, specifically their emotional and physical independence from me as their mother. To give form and meaning to these experiences, I turned to the materiality of the photographic medium, creating objects that challenge established notions of process and permanence.
The objects in NOTES - emulsion lifts, unfixed and partially fixed photograms, gelatin silver prints, film and chemigrams - continually shift and change, sometimes deteriorating into nothing while other times evolving into something more beautiful. Multiples of the same image - a cloud, inverted as both its positive and negative - reflect both chance and possibility. A fingerprint left on the emulsion of an unfixed chemigram acts as a witness to human presence. These unique photographic objects, with their imperfections and variability, are evidence of the only constant - change.
Alyssa Minahan utilizes photographic materials, including unfixed gelatin silver paper and negatives, in non-traditional ways to express ideas integral to the medium of photography, specifically its complex relationship to time, space and memory. Alyssa has exhibited her work at numerous galleries and museums, including a solo exhibition at the Garner Center for Photographic Exhibitions and in group exhibitions at the Danforth Art Museum, Boston University Art Galleries and Photographic Center Northwest. She has exhibited her artist books at Boston Art Book Fair, AIPAD and in Silvermine Galleries' 67th Art of the Northeast exhibition juried by David Kiehl, curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art. In addition, her work has been featured in Harper's Magazine, Art New England and Phases Magazine. Alyssa is the recipient of the 2017 Massachusetts College of Art and Design Graduate Teaching Fellowship and is currently a Lecturer in the Department of Visual and Media Arts at Emerson College.
*Each book has one unique photo object
*Signed and numbered