Fragmented Life

Quantum Blink by Isabel M. Martinez

We love these amazing fragmented images by Chilean born artist Isabel M. Martinez. 
According to quantum mechanics we have forty conscious moments per second, and our brains connect this sequence of nows to create the illusion of the flow of time. So, what would things look like if that itermittence was made visible? This body of work explores that hiccup, that blink, that ubiquitous fissure in the falling-into-place of things. The photographs in Quantum Blink are composed of two exposures taken instants apart. The striped pattern is the result of masks placed in-camera, this feature allows me to blend two images together and at the same time keep them from fully fusing onto one another. Each photograph holds a brief sense of continuity, almost like an animation, slightly cinematographic. Though they provide a notion of movement and progression, their beginning and end is ambiguous and indistinguishable. In person, these photo-based works appear to shift and change depending on the distance and the angle from which they are seen; an illusion of volume may become apparent, while other times it may seem as though there are three images at play.

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As an artist, Isabel M. Martinez is interested in the phenomenological aspects of human experience. Perception is a recurring theme within her practice, and has become a foundation for her to explore the possibilities and limitations of photography. She approaches the medium as a means of visual transcription for ideas reflecting on the notions of time, space, simultaneity, and duration. Spatio-temporal relations are predominant subjects, thus experimentation and process are at the forefront of much of her work. Non-linear narratives, superpositions and juxtapositions are often employed in the creation of her images. 

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