Jessica Eaton meets with Chris Hampton, an article published by the National Gallery of Canada
Read the article “Mixing Light: The Abstract Photography of Jessica Eaton” written by Chris Hampton for the National Gallery of Canada’s website.
The Montreal-based artist is perhaps best known for her ongoing photo series Cubes for Albers and LeWitt, which spans more than a decade (the works’ titles, cfaal, are an acronym of the series name). Coloured in rich jewel tones, Eaton’s nested, knotted forms behave in ways 3D objects ought not to. Part of the joy in experiencing her work, indeed, is puzzling out just what you are looking at and how it came to be. Viewers might compare it to the geometric abstraction of Josef Albers and Sol LeWitt, the two artists the series salutes, or maybe the paintings of Frank Stella or 1960s Op Art. Eaton’s polychrome enigmas, however, are made purely photographically – the effects are produced entirely in-camera and through masking, filters and multiple exposures.Chris Hampton
The National Gallery of Canada holds in its collection three works from this series: cfaal 306, cfaal 340 and cfaal 346.