Fine Art Photography Daily

Keith Sharp: Fabrications

This week we are sharing work submitted to Lenscratch…

01_Keith Sharp_Suspended


Photographer Keith Sharp works with natural environments to construct new surrealistic realities within them by bringing the outside in or the inside out. Sharp’s process makes me do a double take when viewing the imagery. I find his work to be intriguing because I am also interested in photographing the overlap between natural and man-made worlds.

Keith Sharp is a photographer based in Media, PA. Solo exhibitions include: Silver Eye Center for Photography, Pittsburgh, PA; The Arts Club of Washington, Washington, DC; The Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE; Philadelphia International Airport, Philadelphia, PA; US Botanical Gardens, Washington, DC; and FotoFest, Houston, TX. His work was included in various group shows, including: Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA; Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE; and the Robin Rice Gallery, New York, NY. Collections include the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, PA; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC; State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA; West Collection at SEI Investments Company, Oaks, PA; and Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, Radnor, PA.


Ever since I was a little boy, I have always had a love of nature – camping, gardening, plants, walking in parks, and just being outdoors. For many years now, I have been creating photographs of props that I have placed in real scenes – either outdoors in natural settings or by bringing the natural world inside. Sometimes the props have been something prefabricated, while other times it has been props that I have created. In this current series, I began to experiment with printing images of natural scenes, plants, and other items on to cotton and silk that I then sewed, staged, and re-photographed to create digital photographic collages or sewed the printed fabric into soft sculptures.  A surrealist at heart, I attempt to create mysterious and subtle images that cause the viewer to do a double take. We all play a part in fabricating the world around us. There will always be two worlds – the natural and the manmade.

02_Keith Sharp_Beyond


03_Keith Sharp_Daylight


04_Keith Sharp_Transposed


05_Keith Sharp_Sunset


06_Keith Sharp_Curtain Call

Curtain Call

07_Keith Sharp_Raise the Curtain

Raise the Curtain

08_Keith Sharp_Stitched


09_Keith Sharp_Barrier


10_Keith Sharp_Inside Out

Inside Out

11_Keith Sharp_Ground Cover

Ground Cover

12_Keith Sharp_Flower Bed

Flower Bed

13_Keith Sharp_Prickly Pear Cactus

Prickly Pear Cactus

14_Keith Sharp_Bromeliad


15_Keith Sharp_Still Life with Apples and Pears

Still Life with Apples and Pears


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