Auragraph

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ARTIST STATEMENT

A record formed from the emanation or exhalation existent in the presence of a moment.

Every experience or event is recorded in our memory through a series of chemical changes within our body. Each of which are directly dependent upon events unique circumstances. Similarly, the process of exposing a light-sensitive sheet of paper to the atmosphere of an event physically and chemically alters its form, forever changing its future state.

This work attempts to encapsulate the aura of a moment. It is not an accurate visual or aural document of an event, but rather a document present during a moment and thus forever altered by that moment. Consider if you will the supra-sensuous experience often felt when handling historic objects existent during a certain period in time.

Differing from a photographic print, separated by glass, then negative, then glass again in the enlarger, the auragraph comes in direct contact with the moment. Rid of all other descriptive qualities -visual, aural, or otherwise- the auragraph suggests an uninfluenced view of the exhalation of a moment.

PROCESS STATEMENT

An auragraph is produced by pulling photographic paper from its light-tight container and exposing it to the elements of a specific moment in time. Upon the passing of that moment the chemically altered sheet of paper is resealed in its container before being processed in a traditional dark room, fixing its altered state permanently.