The artist created this work by combining silver gelatin photographs of body parts and then wrapping the composition in nylon fabric. The result is a multi-layered assemblage that is visually contained in the shadowbox of its walnut frame.
The physical stretching of the fabric echoes the material conditions of the dark room. It also creates negative spaces where the underlying elements are both visible and suggestively hidden. The process is akin to a photographic burlesque, revealing at the same time it conceals. In this work, the artist peels back the layers of her practice precisely in order to put them back together. Hovsepian frequently combines a cerebral exploration of the history and theory of photography with a sensual approach—emphasizing the physicality of her medium at the same time she deconstructs it.
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Hovsepian uses film-based cameras and light-sensitive paper, along with various objects and her own body, to produce cerebral and sensual photographs. Her works foreground the materiality and physicality of photography by partially covering her images with construction paper and the traces of her own fingers—among other materials. Hovsepian’s work is deeply fascinated with the history and theory of photography, at the same time it deconstructs the medium.