Robin Myers -- 2014 HCP Fellowship Recipient: Unknown Constellation
May 9 - July 6, 2014
Opening Reception: May 9th
In 1988 I was 8 years old. A few years earlier, Carl Sagan had published Cosmos and a copy ended up in my family’s household. The jacket was long gone by the time I pulled the book from its place, leaving behind a rectangle of dust from its long rest on the shelf. The giant black book sat heavily on my pale legs day after day as I looked and attempted to make sense of what I found there. Like Alice’s before me, my world seemed to simultaneously expand and shrink, a dizzying experience. Since discovering this book, I have chased a deeper understanding of the world, the universe, and our place in it through investigations of the immediately visible world, by exploring the malleability and blurred limits of perception. Through photography, I want to make visual the connections between our scientific understanding of the world and our human experience of it. My work combines my interest in the aesthetics of scientific exploration as I discover it expressed in quotidian phenomena found in the visible world. I can find the stars on a marble surface, the Fibonacci sequence in hands and hair, the miracle of photosynthesis in algae emerging from the deep. The crux of my work rests upon the subjective aspects of visual perception and hinges on photography’s ability to mimic a reality that shifts seamlessly between concrete and abstract, between microscopic and cosmic. Our unique ways of seeing dictate our own personal experience of any given stimuli. How we see and look at the world shapes the way we experience it, just as our experiences and emotions shape the way we see it.