This project is a reference to how architecture and scale can imply strength, convey power or inspire awe. Throughout history this strategy has been used for seats of government, memorials, places of worship and industry headquarters. These structures have been built to an immense size and in many cases are elevated or separated from their surroundings to create further distinction.
Monumental buildings often come with identifying characteristics, however the goal of this project is to imbue a sensibility rather than provide examples of individual use. For me that is achieved through the transformation of ordinary buildings by composition and light. By elevating the everyday, the focus becomes the psychological qualities that influence perception.
My interest in clouds and buildings has coalesced in a project concerning climate change and how it may affect our civilization. We are living with the very real possibility of dramatic decline or collapse. Damage to the environment through overuse and pollution will decrease resources and the increase in disaster strength and occurrence will eradicate life and land.
Many people travel to view the ruins of lost civilizations and wonder what happened, but in our own time we are faced with demise and those in power are doing little to counter it. Jared Diamond, in his book Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed, explains why that may happen: an avoidance of problem solving due to profit and entrenched values. Without repercussions there is no incentive to curb disastrous practices for those who profit from pollution or overuse of resources.
In Vapor each image contains coexisting natural and manmade components. The structures reference basic building uses throughout humanity and the clouds refer to the constantly changing and unpredictable dynamic of nature. Throughout time civilizations have grown and inevitably collapsed; this project is a reminder of our impermanence.
Christine Carr received her MFA from the Tyler School of Art, her BFA from the Corcoran College of Art and Design and her AAS from the Tidewater Community College Visual Arts Center. She is a two-time recipient of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship. Her work is included in the 5th edition of Exploring Color Photography, the 3rd edition of Photographic Possibilities and the 2nd edition of Light and Lens, all by Robert Hirsch. She has exhibited in solo shows in Delaware, Virginia and Washington, DC in addition to numerous group shows throughout the United States. Much of her work deals with the intersection of humans and the natural environment with a particular emphasis on the atmosphere created by light, color and clouds. Carr has participated in residencies at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts and at the Prairie Center of the Arts. She is currently teaching photography at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.
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