Abstract Narratives

Like Canadian designer Bruce Mau, who declared an interest in the moment when two objects collide and generate a third, I too believe the third object is where the interesting work is. Following the same principle, Seattle-based artist Katherine Wesselman uses photography to explore the relationship between fragments and image.

Drawing from 39 years of experience as a graphic designer, Wesselman’s process is a hybrid of photography and printmaking. In her series Abstract Narratives, she photographs segments of hand-painted exhibition titles at art museums, reconfiguring and combining details of letters, separated from their original purpose and combined towards a new one altogether. The compositions allude to minimalism, yet up close the imperfections of the wall surface and paint are visible. The resulting image is a composition that carries a suggestion of the hand while emphasising the graphic and photographic nature of the work.

Wesselman previously worked as a graphic designer on large scale architectural projects — her experience with architecture and variations in scale informs all of her works, transforming the familiar into something unidentifiable yet completely engaging.