this is [not] a photograph

b. 1952 New York City

Experimenting with the medium for over 25 years, Ellen Carey employs the materials, tools, and techniques of photography as primary agents. Using one of world's few 20 x 24-inch Polaroid cameras for her Pulls and Rollbacks series, Carey physically manipulates the film during the time of exposure and development to create elongated and abstract shapes that read not as photographs of color, but as color itself. Order and chance both play key roles in the artist's exploration of the medium: "I am interested in chaos theory, fractal geometry, and symmetry and asymmetry as found in art, nature, science and mathematics."

Carey received a B.F.A. in 1975 from the Kansas City Art Institute and a M.F.A. from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1978. The same year, she had her first solo exhibition at Hallwalls, Buffalo, an artist-run gallery, of which she is a founding member along with Robert Longo and Cindy Sherman.

Artwork from top to bottom:

No. 206, 1997
Polaroid diptych

Pull with two Pod Breaks,
1999, Polaroid

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