Caroline Cuse

Interview by Yan Yan Mao

Yan Yan Mao: Can you give a summary of your project?

Caroline Cuse: So this class [VES 141r] was based on experiments, so I tired a lot of different thing. In the beginning I was experiment with a four channel video.

YYM: So what is a four channel video?

CC: It was basically a grid video, so there were 4 squares and in each square there wass something different happening. I took the idea of a gird further and instead of using videos, I used still photographs. Then I worked with grids for the rest of the semesters.

YYM: What was your attraction to the grids?

CC: I am not really sure, it was instinctual. For some reason I wanted to see grids and found myself continuously making grids. For the grids, I was scanning lots of different things. The grids usually would be large composites of different areas of the scanned objects.

YYM: What were some of the objects that you scanned?

CC: At the beginning, I scanned flowers, rhubarb, bananas, avocados, and fabrics. I ended up having an inventory of scans different objects on my hard drive. I tried to scan people’s skin, but I didn’t really like that. Then later I veered more towards scanning fabrics and then tried to make different combinationss and arrangements out of them.

YYM: What drew you to scanning these objects instead of photographing them?

CC: So in the beginning of the class, I was assigned a photographer that I was supposed to emulate, James Wellling. He makes photograms with flowers. He has scans of flowers that I was really interested in, but his were inverted in color, which I did not do. The first thing I scanned was flowers. I really liked that so I started scanning other stuff.

YYM: What were your favorite objects to scan?

CC: At the end I started working a lot with fabrics and I really liked it because I had the most exposure to them. The fabrics also have a lot of three dimensionality that was really interesting, even though I was scanning flat surfaces. There were a lot of cool shadows because the fabrics didn’t lie flat on the scanner. It ended up making a really interesting effect.

YYM: Do you think you are going to continue this process?

CC: I really like it, but I want to try more things, I always have lots of ideas of different projects I want to do. I am sure I will return to it some other time.

YYM: How do you feel this relates to other photographic works you have made?

CC: When I was in middle school, I’ve make a lot of Polaroid colleges. This was a similar process. There is an instantaneous aspect to it where you get your image back in a short amount of time. And there’s also the combining aspect of trying to fit things together and trying to create a composite instead of one photograph. It’s kind of like a puzzle.

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