MICHELLE PETERS (Providence RI, USA)
Michelle Peters (b. 1994) currently resides in Providence, Rhode Island where she is a first year MFA Photography candidate at the Rhode Island School of Design.
These photographs are a part of my ongoing series How Do I know It’s You? which explores both a personal, physical and emotional landscape I have primarily between two states, New Jersey, where I called home for eighteen years, and California, where I called home during my college years. I am interested in exploiting and negating romanticized tropes frequently portrayed in photography such as the therapeutic, escapist view of the natural world, the purity of female beauty, and a nostalgia for home and a “reality” that memories have conjured up and imprinted. Through my photographs, I depict what it means to renegotiate and renew people and place that I assumed was at stasis while I was away. The image becomes a tool to critique gendered power dynamics, conveys my atmosphere of apprehension due to an anxiety disorder, and question who controls a person’s history- specifically mine, and in turn allows me to rewrite it.
Practice Statement: How does photographing on film (or using your material photographic process of predilection) inform your artistic practice?
Film rewards me the much needed breathing room between experience and image; I can release my biases and hang ups on memory.