[ISEA95] Artist Statement: Michele Turre — Playing Dress Up

Artist Statement

These prints are excerpts from a series entitled “Playing Dress Up” in which I investigate issues of cultural identity as expressed through costume. I begin from photographs I’ve taken of members of my family, including myself. I present us in costume–sometimes in historical or ethnic dress, and often with toys or other attributes. Rather than using montage, or extreme distortion and filtering, these are seamless tableaux that maintain their connection to the photographic lens and the moment of exposure.

  • Michele Turre, (USA) has a background in painting, printmaking and photography and is an instructor in Electronic Still Photography at the University of Massachusetts (Amherst). Recent exhibits include The Computer in the Studio at the DeCordova Museum (Lincoln, MA, 1 994), Scitex Showcase of Fine Arts (Boston, 1995), and a solo exhibition at Iris Graphics (Bedford, MA, 1995).