The Program in Visual Arts presents two exhibitions of new work by Princeton seniors Hudson Cooke and Elaine Romano:
Featuring photographs from over a year of travel in California, Unleaving is an exploration of that place. Using handmade processes, Elaine Romano considers how the idea of California is constructed physically and symbolically, featuring the bodies of her family to tell this story. The photographs present the burdens and privileges of occupying physical space, and the deep relationship between lineage and place.
By displaying the same object multiple times (be it a gallon of milk, ballerina, toilet, etc.) and in different media, a different relationship to the object being represented comes into being. One can never quite get a damn grasp on what’s being drawn if every drawing is distorted by the inevitable variations of seriality. Tortured repetition, a certain amount of indecision, displays of frustration, and eventually an uneasy acceptance of a final form are demonstrated to be intrinsic steps of the process of making. In this way, Multiples is a show that lays bare the mechanisms of its own creation.