Ever by photo artist Simone Douglas continues her investigation of the photographic in relation to the sublime, to excess and immateriality and the perceptual uncertainty of the photographic.
The Ever images mark small events as potential acts of immensity. The images play with the ambiguity of appearances and utilize the contradiction between objective and subjective vision to explore the poetic dimension of photography.
Proximity and distance collapse, and conjure a more mythical and spiritual relationship with landscape and the forces of nature. Crystalline, elemental cloudscapes, and ruptures and fissures in the land form cryptic images that are ‘real’ shots but abstract in appearance and idea. The works are micro in scale yet macro in vision and concept.
Ocular perception, light and duration inform the conceptual basis for the Ever images. The artist is looking at different modes of visual knowledge, and then at how notions of image, perception and illusion can inform for representing imagery that falls outside of sight; a view beyond a specific site and seeing.
“The creative process is difficult to describe. The narrative or words that have to be used to articulate it are not necessarily apparent during the course of development and production. Ideas and influences become more and less focused; the work shifts, gestates, lies dormant, develops, regresses, transforms. There is no clear path. No line. No end.” – Simone Douglas