What We Leave Behind
My parents are in their late eighties and suffering from memory loss and dementia. They recently moved into a nursing home and I made life-size cyanotype portraits of them on fabric before the move.
In some of them, I included items they were leaving behind. I wanted to preserve who they were and where I came from. Family Tree was created after they moved using clothing that they left behind.
About the Artist
Vicki Reed, a former newspaper photographer and magazine art editor, uses plastic cameras as well as vintage, pinhole and digital cameras to explore the natural environment and her personal life. She loves experimenting with alternative processes including lith, hand coloring, photogravure, encaustic, lumen and cyanotype.
She has won numerous awards and has been widely published in books and international journals including The World of Lith Printing (UK), Fuzion Magazine (UK), Fine Art Photo (Germany), and She Shoots Film (Australia). An image from her series The Growing Season, was purchased by the Racine Art Museum for their permanent collection and a short video was acquired by both the National Geographic Channel and the Weather Channel in the UK.
She has participated in over a hundred juried shows in the United States and Europe including Altered Views, Lightbox Photographic Gallery (Second Place); Alternative Processes, Center for Fine Art Photography at Fort Collins, Colorado; Alterations, A Smith Gallery, Johnson City, Texas (Director’s Choice Award); All Things Big and Small, Cedarburg Cultural Center, Cedarburg; Wisconsin (Best of Show in 2010 and 2012), 4th Bienennial of Fine Art and Documentary Photography (Berlin), as well as group and solo shows sponsored by the Edinburgh Botanical Gardens (UK), Unlimited Grain Gallery (Netherlands), New York Center for Photography, Rayko Gallery (San Francisco), Soho Gallery (NYC), New Century Artist Gallery (NYC), Minneapolis Photography Center, TCC Photo Gallery (Longview, Texas), Lightbox Photographic Gallery (Oregon), Tilt Gallery (Scottsdale), Morpho Gallery (Chicago) and Art Intersection (Phoenix).
Locally in Wisconsin she has shown at the Charles Allis Art Museum, Museum of Wisconsin Art, Cedarburg Art Museum, Racine Art Museum, Bradley Gallery, Artstart Gallery, Art Space, Cedarburg Art Museum, Grace Chosey Gallery, Crossman Gallery, Cedarburg Cultural Center, Commonwealth Gallery, John Michael Kohler Art Center, Gallery 224, Gallery 110, Marian Art Gallery, Walker’s Point Center for the Arts, and Milwaukee Urban Ecology Center. Her work has been included in large-scale outdoor public art projects in Denver, Houston, Amarillo and Johnson City, TX.