Serrah Russell

Region: Pacific Coast


City / State: Seattle, WA

My work is an ongoing exploration of the photographic image and its ability to evoke memory, emotion, and association. Using instant film, digital photography, and preexisting photographic material, I create works of collage that alter the original intention of the source material by shifting focus away from the intended subject and onto the portions of the image that form the nonspaces of the surrounding background. I juxtapose and weave together these isolated fragments of the body, of domestic and natural environments, and of abstracted periphery, to form emotive and abstract narratives that evoke each viewer’s unique memories and experiences.

I am interested in harnessing the malleability of the photographic image to investigate the relationship between subject and surrounding as visualized in the merging of body and landscape.