First Person, Plural is the story of addiction and recovery, family relationships and absences through photographs and photo-based experiments. Portraits, landscapes, and alternatively processed photograms—made using heirlooms and other precious objects as well as organic materials like tomato slices, onions, oranges, and common herbs—negotiate the duplicitous nature of familial relationships that are characterized by the long-term psychological struggles of a single family member and her addiction. My mother, my brother, my husband, me and others. Each image is a document of duration and of presence. Together, the alternating content creates a constantly shifting narrative—a system without a concrete beginning or end.
Craft House was an event-based exhibition space that provided artists with the support to mount their own exhibitions and the platform to connect with collectors. Located in downtown Grand Rapids, on the Avenue for the Arts, Craft House was active between January 2013 and April 2016. A selection of exhibitions are featured here.
#StillUntitled is an ongoing project. It is a reconfiguration, reconciliation, sometimes erasure of in-between places and soft spaces. Imagery is often sourced from domestic or near-home settings and new arrangements reference traditional still life forms. It is catharsis. It is a practice in composition and color; a visual exercise.
Limited edition books and zines self published between 2011-2014.
Flex Gallery and the work of Amanda Carmer
In response to a lack of public art opportunities during winter, on January 11th, I launched Flex Gallery, a mobile public art space located on my left arm. For the project, I sent canvas armbands to six artists, requesting they turn them into artworks. Each artist works in a wide variety of media, and I provided them with no themes or limitations other than the dimensions of the band. Last month for two weeks, I wore the work of Amanda Carmer, a local artist and curator who currently runs Wallless. I spoke with her last week to learn more about her work and creative process.
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Photo-doc series of Miami Beach structures, January 2017. For the full series visit http://vsco.co/acarmera/journal/miami-beach-january-2017.
Photo-doc series of landmarks and private spaces in Oaxaca, Mexico, February 2017.
For the full series visit http://vsco.co/acarmera/journal/oaxaca-mexico-february-2017.