"Split/Doubles" at Wooten Gallery
Selena Kimball's hybrid portraits are narratives of lost and found history
Published: January 16, 2013
"Working with documents [and] documentary evidence is very important for my own process," Kimball says. The tangible work that ends up in the gallery "is as much a result of the process of my looking closely at the material … as it is about the subject, the particular history." In other words, there is no "right" way of looking – and no right side up.
"A History of Things I Remember but Will Never See"
These six paintings are puzzling at first, though beautiful: a group of ghostly-dark faces, just barely shimmering into view out of blue-black backgrounds. Kimball says they, too, fit in with her theory that her work is as much about her looking as it is about what she's seeing. She writes that the series consists of "portraits of spectators of major events in U.S. history culled from the margins of journalists' photographs. The spectators weren't the subject of the documentary photograph – the event itself was the subject – but in my series I switched the focus to be the act of looking at history itself."
Through March 8; opening and artist's talk 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18 | Anita S. Wooten Gallery,
Valencia College, 701 N. Econlockhatchee Trail; 407-582-2298
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