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The "Situations" series of prints were de la Serra's first suite of purely photographic works, after her collaboration with Hertz on the "Deadpan" series of digitally generated images. A fascination with the recurrence of topological divisions within the picture plane appears to unify these works compositionally,while a heightened naturalism informs the content. As witness to this latter tendency, consider the exaggerated moistness of the rock in the "Lichen" print, or the coloration of the deep shadows in the solarized "Hillside" print.


Linkages, suite of 7 inkjet prints, each 10 x 10 in. (click to view)


The seven prints in the "Linkages" suite are intended as a fold-out book, potentially with many variations in the ordering and position of the elements. In the Linkages suite, de la Serra combines a purely topological exercise in dividing the picture plane with half and quarter circles with a play of proportions based on the Fibonacci series and the related Lucas series to derive a species of armature. Within this armature are embedded images from a variety of sources: the "Visible Human" project of the U.S. National Institute of Health, images from the Hubble Space Telescope, high-resolution images of the earth from various NASA space flights, and de la Serra's own images. While de la Serra has not yet provided a full explanation of her imagery, it is not out of place to suggest that she is looking for a way to engage social issues while still placing her point of departure in a formal idiom.


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