Exploration: Maria Robledo’s Frame Series

In May, we gave photographer Maria Robledo an antique silver picture frame that had no glass or mat; you could see right through it. Hand-wrought, it had a built-in stand of two crossing silver poles. To our surprise, Maria started using it as-is to frame cut flowers from her garden. Over the past weeks, she’s sent us a number of photographs of what has become quite organically her “Frame Series”. Gradually, the images have evolved to get increasingly daring, culminating in this remarkable one of a plastic bag.

Maria Robledo

Maria Robledo

We love this wild arrangement of flowers and faucet…

Maria Robledo

Maria Robledo

…and how the frame has catalyzed Maria’s photographing into unexpected realms.

Maria Robledo

Maria Robledo

The frame makes for a shift of vision. To us, it’s an example of an artist “listening”. Maria has her eyes open to what the frame does and she shows up by making a photograph: she takes the action that turns it into art.

We’ll be publishing additions to Maria’s Frame Series as they evolve. Stay tuned!

 

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