Kathleen Sharp is a photographer living and working in Atlanta. She is currently earning her MFA from the Ernest G. Welch school of Art and Design at Georgia State University. She recently exhibited work at Thomas Deans Fine Art Gallery in Atlanta and was named a contender in Feature Shoot’s 2015 Emerging Photography Awards.
My current practice involves the role of objecthood and the relationship between sculpture and photography. I photograph glass prisms manipulated by light and color, allowing these interactions to create new shapes in modular compositions. Photographed through a macro lens, the images are then printed and arranged in the space. I then employ the use of scale and repetition in order to create larger installation pieces, creating an environment for my viewers to enter. I am interested in photographic objects and the way they can alter the space they occupy. I am concerned with the role of the spectator. Controlled viewing of the pieces is of interest to me. My viewers should have an immersive experience. The pieces should allow one to have differing views as one moves through the work. I am aiming to elevate my photographs into objects.
Interviewed by Anna Dobbins
Q: You work with color and light and how the two interact. How is working monochromatically different than working with multiple colors? And how does experiencing one color, for you, differ from experiencing several colors at once?
A: Working monochromatically allows me to focus on a specific color’s effect on a space. I want my images to engulf the viewer, to drive them towards specific emotive and psychological responses. Narrowing the color field minimizes distraction and allows the viewer to focus on the illusion of space that the interaction of light and color create.
Q: How does light affect the experience of a color?
A: Light constitutes the experience of a color.
Q: You have been working solely with Red. What other color(s) might you want to develop in the future?
A: I am finishing this study on Red, and I have plans to continue this series with other colors. I plan to approach each primary color first and then the secondary colors. This will give me a more foundational understanding of color in all future works.
Q: Your pieces are about viewer participation. How does one experience these pieces?
A: I want my pieces to present the viewer with an illusion of space. With Red specifically, I create spaces out of a very theatrical manufactured red where the viewer is both drawn towards the space in awe and confronted by the aggression behind the color.
Q: As a photographer, are there other media you want to explore?
A: My current work deals with presenting the illusion of three-dimensional space through a two-dimensional medium. I could take this approach with other media, but I feel it is a more rewarding challenge as a photographer.
Anna Elizabeth Dobbins grew up in Alabama and received undergraduate degrees in French and Art History from Auburn University. She is a first year graduate Art History student at GSU with a concentration in 19th-century French Art, focusing on images of women and the construction of gender.