DECOMPOSED explores the systems and boundaries between binaries â€“ image/text, conscious/unconscious, corporeal/spiritual â€“ and focuses on the points at which these constructs converge, invert and decompose. These primarily lens-based images were crafted via various techniques: masking, piercing, sewing, drawing, digital imaging, and printed in multiple layers. The original works vary in size, medium and technique. The final pieces were then reproduced, GlicÃ©e printed on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag and also included in a handmade, limited edition 7 x 7 inch, 50 plate artist book.
Brooklyn-based Visual Artist Theresa Ortolani is a PhD Candidate in the European Graduate School's Philosophy / Art / Critical Thought program and a Deanâ€™s Scholar in the ICP-Bard MFA Avanced Photographic Studies program. She graduated cum laude from Boston University's College of Fine Arts with a BFA in sculpture and photography. Ortolani has developed and directed arts programs in conjunction with the Ansel Adams Center, the San Francisco Art Institute, NYU and SUNY. As a seven-time PDN winner and â€œ30 Photographers to Watchâ€ nominee (2010 - 2015), her photographs have been included in three consecutive New York Photo Festivals (2013-2015) and the Seoul International Photo Festival (2015). Klompching Galleryâ€™s FRESH finalist, Visura Multimedia Grant first place finalist, IPA/Lucie 2nd place winner and 16 IPA/Lucie Honorable Mentions (2015) are also highlighted among her recent accolades. Ortolaniâ€™s first short film (Saudade: Name of the Father) and first monograph, Endurance (powerHouse Books), were selected as "Multimedia Winner" and "Best Book" by PDN 2016 & 2010 Annual. Both received three International Photography Award/Lucie Foundation Honorable Mentions. Her forthcoming monograph, "BOUND", and her first feature film, "SAUDADE", are in production.