Heather F. Wetzel
Wet-Plate Collodion & Other Historic Photographic ProcessesInstallationPhotographsArtist Books
Time moves so fast. It seems like there is less and less time for the slower things in life. Time to sit and reflect, time to remember, time to notice the little things. Analog ways are being replaced by faster, newer, “better” technology. Photographic prints and books are being replaced by intangible, transient digital files made of zeros and ones – no texture, no smell, no weight. I prefer a slower pace, where one takes time to notice and appreciate those little and often discarded things. My work is grounded in contemplation of life in the 21st Century. It is simultaneously steeped in nostalgia while current social concerns, such as issues with the environment and ever present and seemingly universal financial worries, are examined.

Like any artist working today, I am searching for the best form for my ideas to inhabit. This quest finds me working in a variety of media, such as historic photographic processes, book structure and content, print, papermaking, metal and wood. I am equally concerned with the object and alternative methods of display, and with how my chosen materials support concept and content. I work predominantly with antiquated processes, but am also interested in how these methods complement digital technologies. More of my work has evolved to include viewer interaction on a very intimate level as an integral component to the viewing process. Just as one gets to know a person by spending time with them, peeling back the many layers of their story, so too, are there secrets and additional information for the viewer to uncover upon private interaction with much of my work. My interest in these processes and materials all contribute to my concern in multi-media constructions and art as object. This is a very exciting time to be involved with photography, print, and the book arts; all of their possible combinations create a dynamic dialogue between methods and infinite possibilities for expression.