In the series, Projected Reality, I use a vintage slide projector to project art historical images onto anonymous figures. The images take on depth and dimension when cast upon objects and people, distorting them and giving them new life and context. The original artwork also takes on a different kind of personal, emotional color when projected onto the human body.
While working in a “white box” art gallery, I often thought about the way the surrounding environment influenced the perception of a work of art. From classroom to gallery and from domestic space to museum, we assign value and worth based on the space where the art lives. The work in this series becomes a living piece of art that is associated with a new time, place, or person. It escapes the permanence of a museum’s collection and becomes something more ephemeral.
Through photographic documentation of these projections, this series opens up our individual perceptions by posing the question, “How does a single piece of art transform based on changes to its physical environment?”