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FACULTY FOCUS 2014
M. Laine Wyatt
Obsessions, Curiosities, and Fancies


June 11 – September 21, 2014
Exhibition Opening Reception: Wednesday, June 11, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Artist Talk and Reception: Wednesday, September 3, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

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Contemporary Untitled Film Still #48 by Laine Wyatt
"I reveal the peculiarities and habits of the individual, and in doing so, address the cultural influence and power or disempowerment encoded within." - Laine Wyatt


ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

Faculty Focus exhibitions present photographic works from faculty of the Southeast Center for Photographic Studies, a joint enterprise of the photography programs at Daytona State College, the University of Central Florida (Daytona Campus) and the Southeast Museum of Photography. Photography Professor M. Laine Wyatt has been exhibiting her work in group and solo exhibitions across the United States and abroad since the early 1980s. This exhibition focuses selectively on five bodies of work, which traverse expansive topics: the nature of women’s relationship to clothing, the physiological landscape of grief, uninhabited interior public spaces, a contemporary observation of the fair, and evocations of longing.



ARTIST STATEMENT

The work in this exhibition is drawn from five different series, spanning a number of years during my photographic career. ‘on longing’ is a modernist expose’ that offers a glimpse into how I relate to the world, along the way revealing ironies, touchstones, and social commentaries. ‘physiology’ consists of multi-media constructions utilizing images and objects, which address particular experiences of emotions manifested physically in the body. ‘the fair’ is a group of black and white images that expose troubled associations and address their institutionalization. The story of (a) woman’s relationship with clothing and other preoccupations are disclosed in ‘obsession/compulsion’. In navigating the ‘interiors’ of public spaces, I present a sort of theatre of the ordinary, revealing in them a melancholy emptiness along with personal belief systems.



"Within the images I find, existing at once and harmoniously juxtaposed, beauty and sorrow. This irony attracts me or haunts me. Consciously or unconsciously a resonance occurs and I respond by fixing the image psychically and mechanically." – Laine Wyatt
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Untitled, (Cinderella Castle), from the "on longing" series by Laine Wyatt

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Laine Wyatt is a real Florida native. Having spent the first half of her life in northern Florida, and the second half in northern California, she came back to Florida for the third. In San Francisco, she worked as a freelance artist in photography, design, production, and display as well as a window display artist with Macy’s SF, also doing fashion and hardlines styling, before returning to Florida to take an MFA in studio art/photography at Florida State University. Her undergraduate degree is from the University of Florida and she did postgraduate work at San Francisco State University.

She is an active member of the Society for Photographic Education where she has served as a Portfolio Reviewer at National Conferences since 2005. She was a Peer Reviewer for the 50th Anniversary SPE National Conference in Chicago in 2012 and is Interim Co-Chair of the SPE Women’s Caucus.

Wyatt is currently an Associate Professor with the University of Central Florida where she has taught art/photography since 2000. She has shown her work in more than 120 exhibitions across the country and abroad including: Museum of Contemporary Photography, IL, Center for Fine Art Photography, CO, Torpedo Factory Art Center, VA, Monmouth Museum, NJ, Society for Contemporary Photography, MO, PUNCH Gallery, OR, Rayko Gallery, CA., Postart, Italy, and Mokwon University, South Korea. From the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, Wyatt was awarded an Individual Artist Fellowship in 1997-8, an Artist Enhancement Grant in 2006, 2007 and again in 2008, and she was a Merit Artist in 2011. She taught previously at the College of Wooster in Wooster, OH, and at Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL.


All photographs are Archival Pigment Prints.

Click here for more information about the artist.

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Christ Town, Quincy, FL, from the
"interiors" series by Laine Wyatt

Motel, DeLand, FL, from the '"interiors" series by Laine Wyatt

Roller Rink, Pascagoula, MS, from the "interiors" series by Laine Wyatt


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