The annihilation of space and time through the advent of photography in the mid nineteenth century transformed American life. We are in the midst of a furthering of that annihilation. Through photomontage I am aligning subject, space and time to enlighten narratives about past, present and future. The work reflects various photographs that I have taken merged with others from my family’s albums. I find myself inspired by the stories that come in to focus when we collocate the medium of photography with twenty-first century technological practices, cultural influences, and the personal history of family. Blending personal and collective memory each piece possesses its own original story. Recollected Memories explores insights on photography, representation, fabrication, time, and visual language.
In creating this project while looking through the lens of my family’s histories and biases I have found that these stories extend beyond my own journey. They exist throughout our environment into our country’s cultural identity. They are stories of perseverance, pride, struggle, life and death. They are human stories intertwined in a majestic landscape.
AUTHOR: Jackson Patterson UNITED STATES
Chicago based artist Jackson Patterson began his process in Arizona where he grew up. Exposed to the expansive landscapes throughout the West Jackson laid foundation for his appreciation for the land and the human story within it. Patterson’s images breathe insight into representation, fabrication, visual language, as well as family and the relationship of people and the earth.
Jackson has been exhibiting his unique photomontages and photographs throughout the US, Asia, and Europe since 2000. His work is in various private collections and in the Paul Sack Collection at the SFMOMA. He was recently awarded the Renaissance Photography Prize 2013 for best single image, was a Photo Lucida Critical Mass top 50 photographer in 2015, All About Photo Awards 2nd place winner in 2016 and AAP B/W 1st place winner in 2019 . Jackson’s work is currently represented by Galerie Bessieres in Paris, France.