The diptych Fire at Sea, a reference to Turner, captures a flat screen laid face up on the ground, ablaze in a spectacle of wreck and fire and sprayed with a hose. Idaho presents a still shot of the open desert.
Washburn combines everyday materials and televised imagery to stage a series of photographs. The images that result generate a range of painterly abstractions and counter narratives to the programmed content flickering beneath.
About Stephanie Washburn
Stephanie Washburn’s digital color prints are the result of mixed-media installations that are carefully crafted and then photographed. Her materials are diverse and domestic—butter, feathers, flowers, plastic wrap; Washburn affixes the substances and items to her television while screening her favorite programs, whose images bleed through the surface messes she creates. The final product—the photograph—is abstract, with only hints of blurred familiarity. Washburn splits her time between Los Angeles and Ojai and has exhibited extensively in California.
American, b. 1980