In Polaroid Project, I had two hours to take 150 Polaroid exposures of a live audience, and then assemble these photographs into a grid that told some kind of story.
Starting in opposite corners are uncut pictures of a fully clothed man (bottom left / tinted blue) and a fully clothed woman (top right / tinted pink). Both genders twist towards the center along curved paths, discarding clothes, wigs, shoes, and other accessories along the way, as the photos start to shatter, becoming less about objects and more about flesh. Approaching the center, the pictures are increasingly difficult to decipher, as body parts blend together and their owners’ identities dissolve. Throughout the piece, the male and female cut marks are symmetric, mirrored copies of each other, extending beyond the boundaries of the photographs into the white border, itself composed of the individual white borders of all 150 Polaroids, so that the whole canvas comes to resemble a single giant exposure.
Polaroid Project was assisted by Kyla Fullenwider.