Analog c-print (cameraless photograph) collage on unexposed photo paper
Dimensions: 40.6cm (H) x 30.5cm (W) x 0.5cm (D) / 16" (H) x 12" (W) x 0.2" (D)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
I grew up in gardens, and the structure of flowers always fascinated me. Brightly colored organisms that bring forth life, made up of smaller forms; they have always felt like a good stand in for the smaller biological arena. All of life is made of various bodies, made up of smaller bodies, which in turn are made up of even smaller cells, which are the building blocks of life.
In the darkroom, I tear apart flowers that are meaningful to me; things that were in gardens I grew up in or have other personal symbolism to me. I break them down into their elements and make color photograms of the petals. In the studio, I cut these prints out piece by piece, following the petal structures on the page, so that I start with the “cells” to build structures from. Shapes and color grow and mutate from the individual petal “cells” into collaged organisms: in the case of The Bouquets, small collages on unexposed photographic paper. The pieces take on their own, new, forms, cellular in nature, but like all bodies, their own small universes.
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Last Updated Nov 23, 2020
Hometown: San Francisco
Based in: Berlin
Rachael Jablo is a US American photographer, collage, and installation artist based in Berlin. She works primarily with cameraless photography to delve into ideas about deconstruction, beauty, nature and the body. In 2013 she published My days of losing words with Kehrer Verlag; it has been featured on Slate, Lenscratch, and NPR among other places. Her work has been exhibited widely across the US, with solo exhibitions at George Lawson Gallery and UCLA in California. Her work has also been featured at the Museum für Photographie in Braunschweig, Germany, the Analogue Now! festival in Berlin, the Collagistas festival across Europe, SFCamerawork Gallery, and Brandeis University.
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