Stephanie Washburn | Congratulations, You’ve Made A Wonderful Decision

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In the series “Congratulations, You’ve Made A Wonderful Decision,” I photograph various physical scenarios played out against a digital flatscreen. The images incorporate materials from around my home and studio, a chicken and my body, fire, rock, water etc. The background footage on screen is pulled from a range of sources covering the crash of 2008 and hone in on a glimpse of the spaces, forms, colors and gestures that embody the world of the finance industry. When I’m shooting, the flatscreen is typically laid face up on the floor, it becomes a flatbed picture plane, both support and stage. Materials are poured, scattered and smashed against it. Objects are placed and lit to merge with the visual space of the digital image behind. My head lays down upon the screen, my hands reach into its image. The resulting photographs are still life, often painterly, and performative. They overlay a picture of everyday life with corporate aesthetics. And document a slice of the physical caught between two digital planes, the screen projecting and the camera absorbing ever more information.

Stephanie Washburn lives and works in Ojai, California. Washburn received her BA from Wesleyan University, CT and her MFA from the University of California, Santa Barbara, CA. Recent exhibitions include MCA Santa Barbara, ACME Gallery and Claremont University. Her work has been published in Harpers Magazine, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and is in various collections including Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Agnes Gund Foundation.