A graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology, Chandra Meesig received her MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, in spring 2005. Interested in photographic conservation, she has interned at the Griffin Museum of Photography and is currently pursuing a certificate in museum studies at Tufts University (Medford, MA). She has shown her successful “Backs of Photographs” series from her thesis show at various exhibition spaces including artspace@16 (Malden, MA) and Boston University’s Sherman Gallery (Boston, MA). Other work has been featured in the Boston Drawing Project at the Bernard Toale Gallery (Boston, MA) and the Windows Art Project (Somerville, MA).
Featured online will be selections from two new bodies of work, including an ongoing series of hotel interiors focusing on the paintings on display as well as a series of altered self-portraits. In the Motel Pictures, she focuses her lens on a feature we often ignore while traveling, the generic paintings or reproductions that adorn the rooms as substitutes for the domestic. Scanned from 4 x 6 photographs, the compositions consider the odd placement and displacement of these mass-produced canvases and scenes and their function and affect. In her series of manipulated self-portraits, SHELPE, the degradation of the image—pixels and “jpg-ing” are readily apparent—contributes to the aesthetics and meaning. Some of the imagery has the appearance of raw flesh or bruising, doubling the amorphous, psychological effect. In essence, Meesig is stripping away the face, and by extension the self, to then rebuild it.
- Leslie K. Brown, PRC Curator
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