Artist Statement

“There is an anaesthetic of familiarity, a sedative of ordinariness which dulls the senses and hides the wonder of existence.  What is the best way of countering the sluggish habitutation brought about by our gradual crawl from babyhood? We can’t actually fly to another planet. But we can recapture that sense of having just tumbled out to life on a new world by looking at our own world in unfamiliar ways.” 

 Richard Dawkins, from“Unweaving the Rainbow: Science, Delusion and the Appetite for Wonder”

My works recall moments in our youth when everything in our lives was vast, new and exciting.  They express the over whelming feeling of wonder we once felt when the backyard was the center of our universe.  They recall memories of warm summer afternoons running through the yard, climbing trees, and hiding in the tall grass.  They were moments of pure joy, leaping through the sprinklers, and warm summer evenings catching fireflies.  These works entrap those shared experiences of awe and wonder.

For my work I, gathered photographs from my backyard by crawling under the tall grasses and lying on the ground.  It is imperative for the images to be taken from a low perspective, for it gives the viewer a sense of breath and an expansive space.  I have chosen to render each photograph in outlines.  The outline of the image adds to the awe of the works by reflecting its simplicity and detailed wonder.  It is the outlines of the images that spur my imagination.  Looking deeply within the image I discover areas of creative expression and reclaim areas for new information to be explored and expressed.  It is on top of this that I apply scenes of the universe to further heighten the emotions of an immense encompassing space.

The spheres within the pieces work on many levels.  In the simplest terms, they reference bubbles and the heavenly celestial bodies.  But they also act as lenses of magnification, drawing immediate attention to the areas they encompass.  The spheres suspend time and act as windows of reflection to our childhood memories.  It is within these works that I have recaptured my own childlike wonder and I hope they touch my viewers as well.

 -Nichole Lance