<i>“we ought to be able to spot something…an event, a person, a memory, an act, a turning of the soul, the flash of bright wings, the surprise of sweet compassion…somewhere we ought to pick out a glory to celebrate” – Samuel H. Miller</i>
<b>About my photography:</b> The human eye is limited. It sees the subject and the negative space, but it always leads the mind back to the subject. The eye does not have the means to see the in-between world at the edge that the imagination prefers to see. The linear mind prefers predictability whereas the imagination prefers possibility. The imagination is always drawn to the edge, to the unknown, because it understands that this is where the visible world and the invisible world merge. The imagination is the profound attention that resides between worlds. It dwells in the mysterious beauty of that in-between world where the intellect would never dare to take us. This place is infused with spirit and presence because here the imagination sees all the possibilities that the linear mind cannot see. Imagination is vital to our souls. The richness of that which we experience and the depth of who we are as individuals depends upon the expanse of what we can imagine. When our imagination is awakened, our entire experience deepens.
I have always enjoyed manipulating the emulsion of film, thus altering the perception of reality. My new body of work explores similar effects with the use of digital darkroom techniques. All of my recent photographic works are altered, some more subtly than others. The resulting image is not only a reflection of reality, but also a rendering of the imagination.
Multi media artist Wendy Cook has been exhibiting her work since 1986. Her disciplines include painting, photography, book arts, assemblage, and jewelry. She has been published in the US, Canada and the UK. Her work has been sold at charity events such as the “Postcards From the Edge” benefit for Visual AIDS of NYC; Northern Virginia Family Service; and The Fund for Women Artists.
For more information about Wendy, please visit http://www.wendycook.com