Polaroid instant film on aluminum metal
Dimensions: 76.2cm (H) x 76.2cm (W) / 30" (H) x 30" (W)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
The Polaroid series “Sunken B-Sides” began as an experimental technique of film souping. My analog B-sides technique created a chemical reaction within those iconic borders. Applying elements with the magic of nature, literary references and prolonged time emitted a photographic alchemy recipe of manipulation. The process yielded results that are abstract expressions which soon became a premonition of the future. The deterioration of our ways of life, social unrest and political injustices unfolding while my instant film reacted during that lockdown period. Beginning a “Quarantine” era of my work, I am searching for sunken treasure in a sea of uncertainty. Panning for rare gold among this new frontier in the time of Corona. I believe that behind every dark cloud is a silver lining of beauty. In this new wisdom, freedom and truth work together to establish results of transformation.
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Last Updated Dec 08, 2020
Hometown: San Antonio
Based in: San Antonio
Monique Sullivan earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art with a concentration in Photography from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Her work is inspired by her dreams, spirituality and Latina heritage. Her range of artworks includes photography, painting, ceramics, printmaking, installation and video. Monique is a Mom-trepreneur who participated in several Artist-In-Residence opportunities and works as a Creative Art Director. She competes throughout the year to local, state and worldwide exhibitions. Her photography has been displayed at galleries for international events such as Paris Photo, Germany’s Photoszene and this year’s Texas Hill Country Fotoseptiembre festival. She has been published in numerous magazines, books and calendars for her work. She has earned many recognition awards for visual arts and even featured in Polaroid Magazine. She is a life member of the UTSA Alumni Association, San Antonio Art League and the Greater San Antonio Camera Club. Her historic district studios are located at her 1910 Craftsman three story home. She lives with her husband and two children.
Instant photography captures the nostalgia of idealism and the magic of serendipity. It always feels like I am in a time machine that is propelling me into the future of my memories. The digital age and analog film are colliding to create a new interaction in the conversation of contemporary photography. With innovative tools, the enchantment of instant film is bursting with new flavors, creativity and excitement. Within this new technology lives the mutation of fine art and the adventurous spirit of Americana. I explore these peculiarities with an assortment of cameras, mediums and techniques.
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