WORKS AVAILABLE at Obscura Gallery, Santa Fe

Views of Stillness, with Michael Massaia, Yamamoto Masao, and Kate Joyce, Obscura Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

November 16, 2018 - January 5, 2019

Reception on Friday, November 16, 2018, 5-7pm at Obscura Gallery, 1405 Paseo de Peralta, SF, NM

“Santa Fean Kate Joyce’s work, ‘Ten-Diptychs’ was inspired by the digital loss of a photographic series that, when once restored, formed accidental imagery that allowed her to overcome and pacify her expectations, resulting in a harmonious balance of self and image.”

In 2006 my Porsche designed Lacie hard drive containing thousands of digital image files failed. I used data retrieval software to salvage the content. Most of the files were fully recovered but a handful came back with the data dramatically scrambled. The original subjects in the photographs rendered a surreal tapestry of digital glitch. 

As a child, before becoming a photographer, I aspired to be a detective. The idea of taking and relying on fingerprints fascinated me. The fingerprint is perhaps the quintessential icon of identity. It is a unique mark that humans leaves behind. It is a mark whose structure follows the mathematics of the Fibonacci sequence. It can incriminate or validate based on its arches, loops or whorls. It is a mark inextricable from the individual, yet has little to do with their personality or story.

After selecting and printing a group of the most dynamically corrupted files I paired them with a fingerprint from each of my 10 fingers. 

The diptychs are titled to identify two things: the generic, software-derived name given each recovered file and the finger from which each print was made.


5 in. x 7 in. (print)

16 in. x 19 in. (framed)

Edition of 1

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