DOUBLE JINX ARTWORK
Colleen’s Gallery consisted of photographs, stereoscopic photographs, interactive objects, and site-specific installations. In the shared projection room were three photographic "Mill Tours," including an immersive 9-ft high anaglyph slide show.
My contribution to Double Jinx considers the same sites in different ways through multiple lenses, a reflection of how I experienced the vast, varied, and often confusing spaces within the former Lee Paper Company mill alongside Rani. Feelings of wonder, fear, and excitement accompanied us, which I sought to share with the viewer through subtle optical illusions and interactive pieces that prompt double-takes and discovery. Thanks to Rani's suggestion, I made anaglyph 3D images for the first time, taking one experiment to the outer limits.
I also poured through archival photographs and documents at the Vicksburg Historical Society, which colored my work with references to the early 1900s, the 1920s, and the 1950s. I conflated factory smoke with train steam, industry with mobility, and iterative photography with film history. Exhibiting at the Hill’s Building sparked new ideas as I considered what to do with an empty room featuring boarded-up windows, a curious red wall, and peeling paint. In a dark passageway, my flashlight revealed 100-yr old wallpaper borders whose weathered designs held unknown stories set in this former dance hall and speakeasy. Here, after a day of laboring at the mill, workers took their remaining energy and expressed themselves. Seems apt we'd do the same, albeit in our own way.