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SRO Photo Gallery

Ariel C. Wilson: Acts of Erasure (Spot Healing)
January 12 - February 13, 2022 

Ariel C. Wilson's photographic series titled Acts of Erasure (Spot Healing), is a sculptural approach to digital photography that highlights the role editing has in completing a photographic piece. Wilson has a history of being interested in the process of photographing, editing, and modifying images digitally to break down exactly what is being photographed. In her series titled Distinguishing from the Referent, Variation I (Layer Mask Selections), Wilson focused on the Photoshop process of selecting, masking, deleting, and cutting the subject of her photography to distinguish the pseudo three-dimensional form captured in a two-dimensional medium. In this most recent photographic series, titled Act of Erasure (Spot Healing), Wilson enacts a very similar process, except this time highlighting the spot removal and minute alteration processes. 

Ariel C Wilson
Spot., Heal., 07052 #6, 2021, archival inkjet prints on transparency and inkjet paper, 16 x 24 inches.

In this project, Wilson asks the viewer two questions; 1) “How can I learn to see a photograph instead of looking through it”, and 2) “What are the visual possibilities and limitations of photographic processes, tools, and materials”. These questions go hand in hand in that they ask the viewer “how do you see photographs?” Wilson implies that viewers look through the physical photograph, straight to the subject being photographed, and ignore the actual properties that the photographic print has – the framing, printing, texture, editing, among other physical aspects of the real-life object. She asks the viewer “how do you see?” 
Acts of Erasure (Spot Healing) attempts to answer these questions, and force the viewer to consider them, by being more than a print on paper. With the inclusion of the actual brush stroke edits from Photoshop printed onto transparency film and laid over the photographic print, the actual intention of the works become glaring. Look at the print, the clear film, the display case, and think of how you're viewing the object. Be mindful of the camera, the edit, the software, the print, the display, and how they all join to answer the question of how you view photography. 

Ariel C Wilson
Spot., Heal., 07052 #2, 2021, archival inkjet prints on transparency and inkjet paper, 16 x 24 inches.

Ariel C. Wilson is a Dallas, Texas based artist and educator at Sothern Methodist University. She received her MFA in Photography from the University of New Mexico and a BA in Studio Arts from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. She has been selected to present work at the Society of Photographic Educators regional and national conferences and received residencies from Bikalpa Art Center in Nepal and Vermont Studio Center in Vermont. 


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For additional information contact:
SRO Photo Gallery Exhibits Coordinator
srophotogallery.art@ttu.edu; 806-742-1947