Narratives in Photographic Collage
JANUARY 12 - APRIL 21 / Reception Friday, January 26th, 5 - 7pm
Grace Pieper - "Girl Stories" - Narratives in Photographic Collage
Grace Pieper is a Nevada City, California native and a senior in the photography department at Nevada Union High School. She first began her work as a photographer in her freshman year, working under Photographer Instructor, David Arnold. Her work in the photography department offered exciting hands on experience and opportunities for her visual savvy to shine as she headed up projects such as the creation of brochures and magazines for her department. Pieper's 2017 participation in Nevada Union's Annual Art Show, which exhibited at the Miner's Foundry in downtown Nevada City, brought local recognition for her narrative photographic works.
"For years it's been a hobby of mine to collect vintage National Geographic magazines... my favorite images are those of women from the 1950's - '70's, and I love creating art with them. I have a subconscious draw to women of those decades. I'm fascinated with the fashion and personality of women during those times".
Pieper's current body of work contains hand cut imagery from vintage publications, juxtaposed with the obvious use of modern photographic techniques such as scanning and photoshop. The pairing of antiquated images and modern techniques in this work creates somewhat of an anachronism... a sense of error in chronicling, leaving the viewer in a sort of timeless limbo. "Girl Stories" takes inspiration from main stream print media of the 1950's - '70's with a playful narrative comparing the persona of women and girls from then to now.