Teresa Grasseschi is a Seattle based artist working in mixed media with a concentration in printmaking and photography. She completed her BFA at Western Washington University.
The mechanical blink of the camera shutter seals the burn of a captured image--a photograph, which we will keep in such tender regard, the reminder of everything that the frozen moment encompasses. A photograph can all at once confirm and explore our identity in an incomparable way, freezing the relentless motion of time, to trap our life fragments on the surface of sensitized paper. A photograph is a documentation of our most personal and strange, of our past and present, of us, both lived and fabricated.
What makes a photograph so powerful is its ability to state the vulnerability of a life heading toward its own destruction--here is death presented to us in a single frame. And yet, a photograph is an unquestionable celebration of life. We use photographs to mark and document graduations, marriages, births, and journeys. In some ways, the photographs we keep become our legacy.
So what becomes of such image markers after their original owner has passed on and time has stripped away their context?
My work seeks to explore what life is left inside of a “dead” photograph. I am interested in the blurring and blending of time; the combination of photographic fragments; the emptiness of nostalgia; the reminders that, after all, it is the image that bids to outlast us all.
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