Member: Emmett McSheffrey

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I am a lens based artist who has found out that he is also a participatory artist by default. And I love this work ever since I made my first community arts project back in 2009, throwing everything at the wall to see what sticks.

I’m interested in spaces: the metaphysical space between history and memory; the space between how we see ourselves and how others perceive us and the physical space between our own bodies, environment, communities and societies and how all of this is governed, challenged and subverted. Our generational progress between perception and knowledge swells and contracts almost as if a breathing entity which we never fully comprehend because experience doesn’t always translate easily into language. Sometimes we are just lost for words.
These spaces are ordered and regulated by the fundamental questions of who, what, where, how and why. I primarily use photography as a tool to explore these spaces, creating new questions as counterpoint to the originals and the implications of such simple questions. However depending upon the situation I also employ sculpture, video, found objects and fine art to enhance the photographic experience.
Most of my personal projects are long term, almost longitudinal studies into those things that make us who we are. My work is inclusive. It involves and facilitates individuals, groups and communities to develop their own ideas of identity and belonging as they navigate these spaces.
I want the unreliability of language to take us back to the image or object as the source of experience, understanding and knowledge.


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