Elaine Mayes Statement

Artist Statement
I have been working with photographic mediums as art forms for forty years. My experience with these mediums leads me to feel they have symbolic, linguistic and historic functions, with creative and aesthetic potentials. Primarily my work has been in straight photography and in "finding" images in the world. Most of my efforts have been focused on shooting images spontaneously and using the camera to record aspects of seeing. I also have been interested in documentary forms and in extending notions of what is considered a 'documentary' approach. Living in mass culture and a world of mediated experiences leads me to believe that basic visual perception (seeing) and direct interaction with the physical world are crucial modes for awareness and human survival as well as for meaningful art endeavors.

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