http://www.aimeebeaubien.com/

Bio

Assistant Professor, Photography (1997). BFA, 1989, and MFA, 1993, School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Exhibitions: Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; Marvelli Gallery, New York; The Pitch Project, Milwaukee; Box 13 Artspace, Houston; TWIN KITTENS, Atlanta; Antenna Gallery, New Orleans; Demo Projects, Springfield, Illinois; Johalla Projects, Chicago; UCRC Museum of Photography, Riverside, California; Galerie oqbo, Berlin, Germany; Bikini Berlin, Berlin, Germany; Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Chicago; Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago; Temple Gallery, Philadelphia; Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago. Bibliography: Art in America; Art On Paper; New Art Examiner; Newcity Art, Chicago Magazine; ArtPapers.


Personal Statement

I embrace the documentary capacity of the camera, recording what I encounter. My images become printed photographs, then sculptural forms. Cutting and reassembling, I draw with scissors. Photographic paper is my sculptural material. Through it, I explore physical and perceptual relationships. Depictions of a multi-dimensional world rendered flat in prints reach new expressions as I weave visual impressions together. 

I use collage to investigate oscillations between photographic depiction and material form. What may be perceived in my entanglements slips between recognition and abstraction: from a sky, an apple in a tree, into topography. I take whatever I have pointed to with my camera and convert it into tangled inventions that overlap and intersect; upending conventions of foreground, middle-ground, background; and flipping expectations of subject, object, and motion. Experience morphs into fields of color and pattern, and back again.

My recent works make associations between the garden, the ephemeral, and the photographic. In my garden installations, cut forms interweave, encircle, and hang; trail in ribbon-like shreds; and become wild ornamental outgrowths. My pictured plant forms are constructed through processes of translation, revision, cutting and reassembling; reflecting on the complexity of the garden and of the photographic encounter.

 

Disclaimer: All work represents the views of the INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS & AUTHORS who created them, and are not those of the school or museum of the Art Institute.