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Maile McNaughton

Alternative darkroom processes

Alternative darkroom processes

2018
Alternative darkroom processes (detail)

Alternative darkroom processes (detail)
2018

Maile McNaughton, "The Ambiguous Nature of Grief"

The Ambiguous Nature of Grief
Chicken wire, nylon, and acrylic paint
2018

Maile McNaughton, "The Ambiguous Nature of Grief", detail

The Ambiguous Nature of Grief (detail)
Chicken wire, nylon, and acrylic paint
2018

 Maile McNaughton, "Heads"

Heads
Fired clay
2018

 

 


Maile McNaughton

Maile McNaughton


 

 

INTERVIEW

What is your artistic process and materials do you use?
Ceramics, film photography, and alternative photographic processes are the areas I work in the most, although I don’t work with any medium exclusively.  In terms of process, I try to approach all materials from an explorative standpoint.

What is your planning process?
I don’t do much planning. I try to start each project in a playful manner and see where things go from there. 

Tell us about installation work? 
For “The Ambiguous Nature of Grief”, I used chicken wire, nylon, and acrylic paint.  The forms are hung in a small space lower than eye level to represent the heavy, claustrophobic awkwardness that overwhelms someone in grief.  The work is supposed to be viewed by one person at a time, representing the extremely isolating experience of grief.  This piece was built as a representation of my personal experience with grief after the unexpected death of my father this past June.

Plans for after graduation?
I have applied to a few fellowship and residency programs in North Carolina.  I am also considering moving to Brooklyn.

Tell me about the alternative darkroom processes?
Since its invention, the evolution of photo processes towards digital photography has happened so quickly that many processes were discovered and quickly discarded for the next best thing in the name of progress.  Now photographers are going back and exploring older ways of taking and making photographs.  I have most recently been working with wet plate collodion processes making tintypes and albumen prints from glass plate negatives.  I find working with alternative processes to be a more artistic process, as you can see more of the artist’s hand in the work and it’s just more fun all around.