“Videoglyphs” is an imaginary archaeology using stills from our television culture merged into photographs of rock formations. The stone and the television image are dramatic opposites, an impossible combination, one permanent and one ephemeral. It is, in part, the challenge of merging these opposites that excited me to make this work. The television, like the ancient stone carvings that we find in petroglyphs, contains most of our important cultural imagery. I make this most commonplace of all things remote and give it the patina of age and distance. I also leave a trail of clues for the viewer to follow that may re-create the experience of being in the presence of archaeological remains.
Carl Jung observes that the stone is a symbol of eternity in many cultures. Perhaps it is this symbolic power that gives actual rock art sites some of their special aura. I have tried to emulate this aura in an effort to turn pieces of the flickering present into an ancient past.
My desire to create this series beginning in 1996 was the impetus for starting my exploration of digital software with the advent of Digital Darkroom and then Photoshop 1.0.
All works are archival pigment prints on Epson Ultrasmooth Fine Art paper using the latest Epson HDR pigment based inks.
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