A noted photographer featured in Parkland Art Gallery's "Shift: Contemporary Photography Exhibition" will discuss her work and artistic process on Thursday, Jan. 31, at noon in the gallery.
S. Gayle Stevens uses the antiquated wet plate collodion process to create her work, which focuses on plants, animal
specimens, and debris that she collects while walking. Her work is inspired by 17th-century "cabinets of curiosity," encyclopedic collections of object types which were often showcased in rooms or in cupboards with interior gridded framework. Stevens uses the grid as a formal structuring device that mimics these specimen boxes.
Stevens earned her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1999. She was named among the nation's Critical Mass Top Fifty Photographers for 2010 by the nonprofit organization Photolucida; she was also a finalist in 2011 and 2012. Her work has been featured in numerous publications and can be seen in the permanent collections of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, The Rockford Museum of Art, and the Center for Fine Art Photography (Fort Collins, Colorado). She was recently named a finalist for the prestigious Clarence John Laughlin Award from the New Orleans Photo Alliance. Stevens is represented by the Tilt Gallery of Scottsdale, Arizona.
A short question-and-answer period will immediately follow Stevens' talk. The Shift: Contemporary Photography Exhibition runs through February 2.
Image: S. Gayle Stevens, spring, wet plate, 24x24", 2012