about this piece
About this piece:
My photographic collage works are meditations on the abstract mechanics of language – pattern, shape, and rhythm – and their relationship to and origins in the body. Using the book form as a site for the gathering and dispersion of linguistic signs, the collage elements become a meta-language; representations of the very text, paper, or support over which they are layered.
Their imagery is dominated by wooden block letters whose volumetric forms align them with the human body. The resulting sense of depth, furthered by the strata of media, is drawn into contrast by cutting both around and against the characters. Time, absence, and movement are communicated through photographic traces on the layered surfaces while graphic symbols are signified through cut-away absences. Intermittent use of acetate transparencies produce subtle reflections that shift and change with the viewer’s position. Communication is never still, but a continual process – a function of time as well as the body.
Poem Throwing Shadows begins and ends with one each of two figurative forms: an outline and a shadow. Between them, a thread loops and entwines through the letters. The title refers to the poetry of matter and the physical presence of language which contains both the outline and shadow of the body from whence it originates.
paper, acetate, thread, graphite, ink, fabric
About the artist:
Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Cynthia Laureen Vogt lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She received her MFA from the University of Arizona, where she also taught photography as well as instructed teens at the Tucson Arts Museum. She has exhibited her photography and artist’s books for over thirty years at venues both in the United States and abroad, including Amos Eno Gallery, Field Projects, the Center for Contemporary Art, and the Nippon Polaroid Center in Japan. Her work has been reviewed in such publications as THE Magazine and Nippon Camera.