FEBRUARY 3rd-25th, 2017 @ FOREGROUND GALLERY
ROSE GOLD // KAYLA BEDEY
Join us for the opening of Kayla Bedey's Rose Gold
Friday, February 3rd, 7pm at THE IBRC'S FOREGROUND GALLERY
Kayla Bedey is an American visual artist using photography as her primary junction to create. For the past few years she has focused her efforts in the 19th century contact printing process known as Tri-Color Gum Bichromate. In 2015 she concurrently graduated with a B.A. in Photography and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Montana State University. In the present, she
teaches photography at Montana State University.
ON ROSE GOLD, BEDEY WRITES:
THE HEAT WAS SUFFOCATING, YET WELCOMED. EVERYTHING WAS GOLDEN AS IF A BANDANNA WERE TIED ACROSS MY EYES, DISTRACTING MY PERCEPTION OF PLACE. I FOUND MYSELF SUCCUMB TO THE WARM AND LOVELY LANDS OF AMERICA'S DESERT ECOSYSTEMS WHILE ALSO ENCHANTED BY THEIR TREACHERY AND DEMISE TO SELECT LIVING THINGS. THIS LAND IS NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART. HERE THE SUN AND EARTH ENGAGE IN A SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP IN WHICH I AM ATTEMPTING TO FIND MY PLACE, IN WHICH HUMANS HAVE BEEN ATTEMPTING TO FIND THEIR PLACE FOR SO LONG. IN THE WAKE OF HUMAN AFTERMATH, EVEN THE SLIGHTEST BIT OF INTERFERENCE LEAVE THESE FRAGILE PLACES IMPRINTED FOREVER. I FEEL THE LIGHT, AND I ASK MYSELF IF THIS FEELING INHERENTLY TEMPORARY?
UPON CONTINUAL RETURN, I PHOTOGRAPH THESE SEEMINGLY MYTHICAL AND DECADENT LANDSCAPES THAT FILL MY VISION WITH ROSY DELUSIONS. THROUGH THE TRI-COLOR GUM BICHROMATE PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINTING PROCESS I AM ADDING LINEAR DESIGN OR MANIPULATING COLOR TO EACH IMAGE AND GIVEN A CHANCE TO REINTERPRET THESE LANDS FROM AFAR. "ROSE GOLD" DEPICTS THE VISCERAL SWOON I EXPERIENCE FROM THE SHAPES AND COLORS OF LOCALLY FOREIGN LAND.