My photo art technique is a continuation of the tradition that began with collage. Where once artists gathered all their materials from disparate sources and were limited by availability and physicality, 21st century technology and the world wide web have lifted these restraints. I interweave hundreds if not thousands of sourced elements into my work to assemble worlds from multiples of delicate parts. My practice is like adhesive-free collage making on anabolic steroids.
My artistic goal is to lure my audience with intricate appeal and then upon closer inspection, to assault with disquieting content. My artistic practice examines how we might come to terms with the frictions of our discomforts and disillusionment as a way to understanding, and perhaps transcending, our hypocrisies and blindness within the contemporary world.
Illumination is the fundamental motif for a long-term project that I began in 2014. I have completed three bodies of work under that umbrella: Postulates, Manifestos, and Devotionals. Advancing the Illumination theme, I have initiated three new series: Anthropologies, Quandaries, and Vessels. As with all my series, my goal is to evoke thought and viewer discussion.
Using LightJet imaging technology harnesses my theme of Illumination within a printing process. Three digitally controlled lasers simultaneously expose the photo-sensitive emulsion onto silver halide photo paper with red, green and blue laser lights. The way LightJet prints images is the way we see the world, in RGB and not CMYK. The exposed paper is then processed in traditional photographic chemistry which creates such a strong durable surface that framing without glass is feasible.
I’ve been printing on Endura Metallic chromogenic paper, my 21st century nod to gilding. I find its iridescent finish and rich metallic appearance catch the eye and give depth to my theme of Illumination and human self-reflection. But gilded is not golden. Gilded has a sense of a patina covering something else. It’s the shiny exterior to the decay underneath.
-- Leslie Tucker