Artist Millee Tibbs has created a fascinating series of folded landscapes of the American West called Mountains + Valleys. Millee travels to the sites to photograph them; then prints and folds the images, and then re-photographs them. The resulting images are both simultaneously manipulated and photographically real.
“The series interprets and confront cultural myths that are disseminated through the representation of that landscape. Titled for the two primary folds in Origami, the work uses physical alteration to create relationships between formal geometries and natural spaces that question the illusionistic representation of the photographic image. The geometric impositions onto the photo-object literally impress an aesthetic ideal onto the landscape, scarring the very thing they attempt to augment and interrupting the fantasy of an untouched and untouchable vista,” says Millee.
Enjoy the series below.
This work was created through the support of The Stonehouse Residency for the Contemporary Arts, Art Farm, VCCA, and the Research Enhancement Program Grant at Wayne State University.