Glover did not begin her career as an artist. After receiving an MBA from Harvard Business School, she served as an international consultant in strategy, industry best practices, and marketing communications. In the mid-1990s, she shifted to full-time work as a mixed-media artist and professional graphic designer. “Lurking all the while within and finally bursting forth,” she says, “was a growing desire to realign my earlier studies in visual arts.”
As Glover describes, “Sometimes my choice is shaped by a growing idea that suggests the materials that might best give it shape. Other times the materials themselves suggest a starting place or an idea waiting discovery. The constant state of transformation reflects what I see in life around me, whether it is in the natural world or in the world we make for ourselves.”
Photographer Mark Douglas’ current body of work explores form using books as subject matter. Photography does several things by default. The first of which, is the presentation of evidence or the creation of documents. Through this documentary nature, photography carries a weight of truth for the viewer, much as the written word. The books are presented on edge, recorded in a contorted state, in an ambiguous space. Thus the ‘truth’, the evidence that Douglas creates, is left open to interpretation by the viewer. These abstracted tomes are not intended to be narrative; rather they are, “about photography presenting an absolute, evidentiary truth, and simultaneously no truth at all. They are about levels of interpretation and understanding and about information revealed, and information concealed.” Mark is a Professor of graphic design and photography at Fontbonne University.