Beyond Borders, Beyond Measure
Christine DeVitt Icehouse Gallery
October 5, 2018
An exhibit of photos taken by Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center students engaged in service and study abroad.
Students at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) are encouraged to participate in international programs and activities to broaden their understanding of diverse cultural influences on healthcare. Each year, students travel to a wide range of locations including Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Eswatini, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, and India, some to study, all to serve. The transformations that result from this rich experience compel students to continue reaching beyond the borders of West Texas.
The photographs selected for this exhibit are just a small sample of the many global opportunities TTUHSC students have been a part of. All photographs are for sale, the proceeds of which go toward scholarships for students participating in TTUHSC international programs.
Inspired by photogram processes by Man Ray and László Moholy-Nagy from the early 20th century, I attempt to create a broad sense of empathy to nature and the people closest to me by developing photograms without the use of a camera or photographic lenses. In these cameraless photograms, artifacts interact with darkness, lightness, and chemicals to create curious narratives that recreate specific moments, people, and experiences from my life. I juxtapose materials like x-ray films, plants, glass, and doilies to weave complex storylines and investigate relationships, but also to disrupt the foundational aesthetics of the photogram medium. All pieces in this emerging body of work were created in a temporary pop-up darkroom and utilize objects found throughout my home and the region. Cameraless photography is a constraint that enables my creativity and aids me in exploring and reconstructing the most impactful people, locations, and moments of my life. These works act as unique monotypes that illustrate the curiosities that encompass and define my lived experience.