It is a searching and a yearning that drives the work. Finding a safe place, finding a place to hide. Looking through windows, wishing to be somewhere else, somewhere better. Fantasizing, daydreaming, picturing and reinventing the past. These are the forces that encourage my exploration of abandoned buildings, and dilapidated towns. There’s a sadness in neglected space and in the evidence that history has been cast aside. The sadness brings a quiet, and the quiet brings the camera. When I look at a scarred wooden wall I imagine the hands that built it, and the hands that created the wound. The work in Figure/Ground is a continued path from dislocation to resolution, exploring the connections between home, mind, body, and how these notions relate to each other when bombarded with too many and too much.
The images in Figure/Ground were photographed with a variety of cameras including a Fuji S5000 digital, a Canon Rebel 2000, a Kowa 6, and an assortment of plastic and no-name cameras found at yard sales. All of the prints in this series are created digitally in my studio on watercolor paper from an Epson 3000 printer.
- Jessica Burko
A moment of clarity, a moment of confusion.
What’s seen out of the corner of the eye.
What is seen out of the corner of the eye?
Sometimes a split second is lost
and sometimes it leaves an indelible indent
in the center of the brain, becoming either a memory to forget
or one remembered frequently.
This series of Glances explores fragments of time
existing awake, in sleep,
and the dark minutes in between.
- Jessica Burko