Elizabeth Stone, ‘Negative Sleeves 12’, 2017, Pictura Gallery

NEGATIVE/POSITIVE is an ongoing meditation on light and perception. The source of exploration is my photographic analog materials. Looking purely at the physicality of these slides and sheets of film has catapulted me into a new realm of expression. I strive to walk the edge of focused detachment as the materials have a memory, energy and direction of their own.

I have disassembled thousands of 35mm slides and medium and large format pieces of film. I have piles of plastic negative sleeves that held the film and slides in place, empty slide mounts which appear like structural containers and film - my insides, dreams and memories.

Small temporary sculptures are then built as I balance the sleeves, mounts or film. There is no glue nor clay. It is a tricky balancing act akin to making a house of cards. I then photograph the sculptures; the light comes solely from my two old light-boxes. Inside these boxes the bulbs are aging; they emit color that ranges from blue to apricot.

As with analog photography, I consider both the “negatives” and “positives” that are created, each has their own intrigue. Structure becomes apparent, forms emerge from the edges. I am transfixed and obsessed with the inherent deceptive and transformative power of the medium of photography.

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