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Lightjet Prints
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The desire to achieve the culturally shared version of beauty that is reproduced and celebrated in every aspect of our culture, including fine art, demands of us these contortions and distortions to become something that is inherently impossible to attain. As we perform these rituals we know our results will always be fleeting and inadequate—but why do we persist? The final construction is three grids of nine images each depicting a beauty ritual frozen in action----suspending the moment of achieving the desired result. The grids form grotesque faces--exquisite corpses--where parts are left out, while others multiply.

These images began within the traditional darkroom as ortho-litho prints from 35mm black and white negatives. Developing black and white photographic paper in ortho-litho developer can produce a wide array of textures, tones, and contrast by varying the strength of the developer, the type of paper used and the development time. Multiple variations of the same negative were printed, each with their own unique lith print qualities, and were then scanned and digitally blended together to create a single image.