looking at participants from Review Santa Fe
Yale MFA graduate, Pamela Pecchio, was born in Massachusetts, and now lives in Charlottesville, VA, teaching at the University of Virginia. Pamela takes a look at the mundane, the familiar, the world she in habits, and brings the nuances of her world into quiet focus.
“As I move through my life as a photographer, my relationship with the world changes and deepens. I often stop to take notice of things that I would have previously passed by. I record those moments, both in my memory and with the tool that has become an extension of my person. I am struck, both by acts of human nature and how we, as people, interact with the natural world. We build walls and roofs, create our own climates, fill our surroundings with clutter and plastic, and then, at the same time, find ways to incorporate semblances of the natural world back into these spaces. We create personal and spiritual shrines through decoration and objects of accessory. By participating in rituals ranging from private to public, we often attempt to mend the broken, and sometimes discard those items that no longer function to decay (if possible). Perhaps they become a part of the natural world again. My work is concerned chiefly with objects of the everyday that exemplify the relationship between people and nature. My photographs are a document of and commentary upon familiar bits and pieces of culture. Through the use of a view camera, I concentrate my attention on these everyday objects, glorifying them and transforming them into transcendent gestures.”
“Walls do talk. They passively and actively collect data, record our movements and bear our history. Our homes witness time, as the walls themselves document the layers of our habitation and our trafficking within. … As we move through our daily routines, we make the same movements, so many times that our own bodies record the space, forming a physical memory. Our bodies know the rhythm of the stairwell, as well as the number of steps it takes to arrive at the light switch in the dark.”
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