Brooklyn-based artist Christa Blatchford explores the conditions of seeing by translating location through personal and sensory reference. By focusing on her subject with an extended gaze, and slightly altering fragments frame by frame, she draws attention to elements normally passed over by the quick encounter. In See Around, a four-channel video installation, Blatchford examines the boundaries of place. Isolating herself for periods of time on an island, her prolonged view envelopes the viewer in four fragments. Constructed walls reflect the impromptu structures that exist on the island, serving as shelters that provide an intimate vantage point to visually navigate the surrounding landscape. The installation extends the psychological relationships in the film to the physical terrain, and the artist’s subtle manipulation of the perception of time, light, and location.
Born and raised in New England, Christa Blatchford is a video artist that examines perception through the study of object, place, and personal experience. Her work has been included in a number of group exhibitions in New York, Boston, and Cape Cod. Blatchford completed her MFA in Combined Media at Hunter College in 2005. She recently taught digital media at Hunter College and is currently conducting seminars around New York State for the New York Foundation for the Arts. This is Blatchford’s first solo exhibition in New York.