“The Fourth Wave” juried into Surrealism: The Unusual and the Subversive

Honored to have this self portrait I made during the pandemic juried into the upcoming photography exhibit, Surrealism: The Unusual and the Subversive at PhotoSC in Columbia, South Carolina The exhibition challenges the artist to offer allegorical or emblematic commentaries on the culture and politics of our day, to illustrate the ‘horrors’ of our time, and/or to address personal or collective fears and mysteries often represented as psychological narratives.

Ever since the pandemic began, I’ve been fascinated by the ironic beauty of the deadly virus when captured with an electron microscope. I started pulling the images from online news stories and eventually had enough to create a digital collage by placing them over a photograph of my covered face. The title refers to the ongoing waves of infection that seem to wash over our society in a never ending way.

The juror is Natalie Dupecher, Assistant Curator of Modern Art at the Menil Collection in Houston, Texas, she recently curated Photography and the Surreal Imagination, a major reinstallation of the museum’s permanent collection Surrealism galleries. Dupecher recently completed her doctoral studies at Princeton University and specializes in Surrealism and the historical avant-garde.

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