Liz Deschenes was born in Boston and currently lives and works in New York City. She studied photography at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence. Deschenes began her artistic career in the realm of landscape photography. Her more recent work since 2001, while relying on traditional photographic techniques (and the history particular to the photographic medium) has become seemingly abstract, creating what at first appear to be monochromatic prints and mirrors that complicate the relationship between the viewer and the ‘photographic’ image.
My artistic practice has been completely immersed in the photographic medium. As an exhibiting artist, curator and educator, I have worked to expand the dialogue surrounding photography. I believe that there is a schism between the way it has been practised and how it’s been considered. Colour has often been the ‘subject’ of my work. Initially, I utilised landscape images as an entry point to discuss self-reflexive concepts of the medium, while simultaneously attempting to expand the viewer’s experience of place by creating site-specific photographic installations. These installations considered the entire space and became reconfigured at each new venue. The monochrome has been apparent since the beginning of my work. The monochrome and other self-reflexive practices do not have a deep history in the photographic medium, mainly because of the medium’s inherent ability to record and document. ‘Painting’s rejection of depiction has condemned photography to depict.’
I am interested in photography cultivating a self-reflexive dialogue, while simultaneously reflecting the world at large, and utilising a vocabulary that integrates concept with form.
Exhibition produced with the collaboration of the Miguel Abreu Gallery, New York, and the Galerie Sutton Lane, Paris.
Liz Deschenes is represented by Miguel Abreu Gallery, New York and by the Galerie Sutton Lane, London and Paris.