Artist Kelli Connell's works are currently showing in an exhibition titled 'Double Life' at photo-eye Gallery till 30th June 2012.
Kelli Connell's series, Double Life, appears to document the evolving relationship between two women. By combining multiple negatives of the same model, Connell uses digital imaging techniques to create constructed realities. The model acts out various fictional scenarios, with the characters' body language and clothing changing in each image. The work represents Connell’s investigation of identity, sexuality, and gender roles, as they shape and are expressed within intimate relationships. Through her photographs she addresses complex issues about visual rhetoric and the self.
(text source: photo-eye Gallery)
(Image: Kelli Connell, Woods & Roses, 2008; © Kelli Connell)
More about Kelli Connell (b. 1974)
These images were created from scanning and manipulating two or more negatives in Adobe Photoshop. Using the computer as a tool to create a “believable” situation is not that different from accepting any photograph as an object of truth, or by creating a story about two people seen laughing, making-out, or quarreling in a restaurant. These photographs reconstruct the private relationships that I have experienced personally, witnessed in public, or watched on television. The events portrayed in these photographs look believable, yet have never occurred. By digitally creating a photograph that is a composite of multiple negatives of the same model in one setting, the self is exposed as not a solidified being in reality, but as a representation of social and interior investigations that happen within the mind.
(text source: Artist's Website)
Education: MFA in Photography, Minor in Art History, Texas Woman’s University, Denton, Texas, 2003. BFA in Photography, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas, 1997.
Further information here...(ArtSlant Profile) (Artist's Website) (Galleries: Kopeikin Gallery, Weinstein Gallery)
(Image on top right: Kelli Connell, Reverie; Courtesy of the artist and photo-eye gallery)