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Twin Realms is a collaboration between Dodd MFA candidates Katie Ford and Lindsey Kennedy. The artists come together to create a new, shared body of work that investigates dimensional illegibility and impermanence as ways of prompting an experience of instability. The works question what emerges in the gap between perception and understanding.
Using an intentionally cyclical process, the work blurs media divides between photographs, sculpture, and installation. Kudzu and chlorinated pools fold in upon themselves in silk forms, with slices of landscape becoming disassociated and blurred. Panel-mounted photos exude wire armatures that break apart in repeated lines. The hard and soft encounter each other in moments of draping; wire nudges aside fabric to reveal the image underneath.
Kennedy’s photographic practice echoes art historical still lifes but makes them strange. She attends to the objects themselves, altering recognizable forms to address the tension between abstraction and formal significance. This approach joins with Ford’s mutable and collapsing arrangements. Her materials bend to the effects of light, gravity, and setting in works that question the technological and social factors situating human experience. Together, Ford and Kennedy play on the boundary between coherence and disruption as they attempt to draw back the presumption of a fixed reality.
Katie Ford is a mixed media visual artist using abstraction to describe the vivid yet intangible aspects of subjectivity and inhabited space. She has exhibited nationally, and her work has been supported by residencies at the Icelandic Textile Center, the Women’s Studio Workshop, Elsewhere, Cabin Time, and 100W Corsicana, among others. She holds a BFA in Printmaking and Drawing from Washington University in St. Louis and is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Georgia.
Lindsey Kennedy is an MFA candidate at the University of Georgia concentrating in photography. Her work uses analog photographic processes to reinterpret sculptural scenes and still lifes, often altering dimensionality and form to investigate veils of separation and isolation. She holds a BA in Political Science and Gender Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.