Sylph Series

 

I have always been interested in the power to shift the relationship between what exists and what does not. By painting images on pieces of portable clear plastic, I am then able to photograph them on location. These actions become documents of spontaneous dialogue about an imaginary participatory relationship between viewer and view.

 

Sylphs, spirits of the air, coined by Paracelsus in the 16th c. Renaissance, and Gaston Bachelard’s concept of the poetic imagination in contemporary times provide a context for my sylphs, which exist in two realities simultaneously. The gesture of sylphs suggest a place of free association that leaves the narrative open to the onlooker’s own experiences.  

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© 2018 by Jo Wood-Brown and Alyssa Rose Johnson