“For 'Mount Analogue', I wanted to explore the contradiction between the Sublime, an ineffable experience beyond imitation, and the photographic, an image which can only represent what is in front of the camera's lens. I love the poetry of the indexical tie between photograph and subject, this string of light that traverses time and space to bind a photo to its referent. So much of the truth value of photography is bound up in that. I am also fascinated by the alchemical properties of the analog photographic process, the quest for immortality through the transformation of metals, and how this relates to the mountain as a site of physical and mystic transformation. So, it seemed like the best way to achieve sublime photographic transformation, while undermining truth value, would be in the darkroom.” — Millee Tibbs
Millee Tibbs’ (b. 1976) work derives from her interest in photography’s ubiquity in contemporary culture and the tension between its truth-value and inherent manipulation of reality. Her photographs often address the fabrication of an ideal of the American landscape. By disrupting the photographic image through physical interventions (folding, cutting, and sewing), her work responds to the miniaturization and domestication of land through photography. Tibbs resides in Detroit, MI and holds an MFA in photography from RISD. She has exhibited throughout the U.S. and abroad, participated in a fellowship at The MacDowell Colony and has held artist residencies at the Wassaic Project and the Santa Fe Art Institute.
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