Bethe Bronson and Elaine Brown create site responsive installations that reference the architecture and unique atmosphere of the space that they are working in. Exploring commonalities between their individual practices both artists work intuitively with the space they are exhibiting in to create photogenic drawings, which expose and temporarily capture from the environment ‘that which is not yet visible’. The result is drawing with light that visually marks the progression of time, gradually revealing an unseen thing that manifests itself to the viewer slowly and quietly.
For Bethe Bronson the concept of liminality, as it references that edge between what we know and understand, and what we don’t know and don’t understand; I want to explore what teeters at that edge. I am fascinated with absence and presence and the dichotomy that exists between them. Embracing media that lends itself conceptually to my work I find that lens based media with its ability to capture moments in time, yet be altered to suit the context, is ideal for me to explore.
My work investigates expectations, explicitly societal expectations and the control or lack of control that these expectations can create. I have been examining how this manifests itself specifically through the photographic documentation of families, particularly how it pertains to the women and mothers. The question of just who is in control, the gazer or the one that holds your gaze holds much interest for me. Conceptually as well as concretely, I'm concerned with what's not there, what we don't see and how it affects what do see.