In the fall of 2016, my partner and I drove through the western United States. About half way through our trip, at a motel in Nevada, nothing happened. And I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I Wish U Were Here is my attempt to think through the ways perception is shaped and try to deconstruct an inherited visual language with images. The work consists of a series of photographs made by rephotographing images from our trip and distorting the original image using light modifiers. In making the work, I am curious if symbols can be revealed and deconstructed by altering the way they present themselves. How do we sink into our perceptions? How do we find our way out?

Harcover bound, 76 pages, digitally printed.

Made with the support of the Edmonton Arts Council. 


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©Zachary Ayotte