I am capturing a visual anthropology of the experiences and relationships that have become a part of my past, present and future existence, and are essentially what I have left behind. The photos act as a testament to my humanity, as well as a reflection of my personal history. I am seeking to create totems of the universal dialogue within relationships. As individuals, each of us exists within our own reality, and we leave experiences we’ve created behind. This is an inevitable part of our being. This project serves as a documentation of the aftermath of my personal experience, based on the philosophy that in order to be free, one must lose everything.
A true explorer and creative, artist Meredith Ochoa has been reinventing alternative and digital processes since 2007. She has developed a portable scanning process in which the subject becomes the "negative" through digital degradation with a portable wand of light. The portable scanner describes the subject through a life-size depiction of the number of pixels the subject amounts to. These images create 'totems' of the subject, dialogue, and/or relationship they portray.
Meredith received her BFA & Masters of Art from Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD), and continues to create artistic & commercial photographic images at her Cabbagetown studio in Atlanta, GA. Her artwork constantly questions the medium of photography, and captures the revealing moments of an individual's physical & mental language.
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My work evokes the thought that only the individual can understand his or her own experience and truth. Through this idea, I express my concepts formed through my own experiences. This Paulding County documentary reflects this sense of independence and voyeurism felt through my experience and connections with the history and honesty of this environment. I feel that to ‘document’ you have to live an experience in every aspect and each set of ideas and concepts formed leads to and interacts with the next. I’m seeking to capture a certain ‘aesthetic experience’, and documenting the lives of people within this culture, even though very few, the voices are vast.
My desires to capture these aspects of Paulding County connect to a personal empathy and experience that I have received from this place. Being there and the different rituals involved in living there, as well as traveling there have changed my views, and have revealed different ideas of ‘identity’ connecting to my artistic aesthetic.
This ballet series reflects my experience and connections with the honesty of the human body, as well as the degradation of strength, frailty, and power. I'm seeking to capture the 'aesthetic experience' of ballet, and the fragility of different bodily connections through the contradictory impulses of strength and restraint that often go overlooked.
My desires to capture these aspects of movement connect to a personal empathy and experience that I have received from the act of dance. To dance is to be out of yourself. Larger, more beautiful, more powerful. This is power, it is grandeur on earth and it is the individual’s own to take. I have revealed these different roles of ‘identity’ and ‘power’ through the use of gender, using the male body and setting free the boundaries of artistic emotion and theatrical restrictions societally placed on them.
I am constrained by the scanner for this project, as well as the degrading aspects of digital manipulation, translating this 'aesthetic experience' into a processed, degraded, virtual one. I have liberated the camera, and invented an autonomous yet restrained scene and translated it into a frozen performance. Dance is something to be enjoyed as beauty while still within your own mental and physical restraints, and through this series I seek to expose this contradiction of aesthetics.