Oakland-based artist Laura Plageman’s distortions give character to her own photographs of natural scenery.
This series by Plageman, titled Response, is composed of enlarged landscape photos deliberately distorted by folding, crumpling, and tearing – some subtle, others are pretty obvious – and are re-photographed to produce works “that oscillate between image and object, photography and sculpture, landscape and still life.”
My process unfolds through observation and experimentation – I let the image and its materiality dictate its direction. Playing with paper and with light in unplanned and organic ways, I look for new ways to perceive the space, form, and context of my subjects.
Plageman made use of a large format view camera “so I can control perspective and record as much detail as possible.” She added, “Whether focused on a ripped paper edge or a nesting bird, I hope to reach to a place where picture elements interact and merge in unpredictable and expressive ways.”