June Gallery Installation: Christine Tinsley, Photographer

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Thu, Jun 1 @ 12:00am – Fri, Jun 30 @ 11:59pm all-day
Sanctuary United Church of Christ
458 High Street, Medford, MA
United States

Photographer Christine Tinsley will install (2) photographic series for our June Installation (descriptions below).

Please Note: The schedule for ARTChurch and the Artist’s
Open House/Reception fall on different weeks than is our norm.

Reception and Reflections with the Artist: sanctuaryucc.org/event/christine-tinsley-photographer-gallery-reception-and-reflections
Second Friday, June 9, 7:00 pm

ARTChurch: sanctuaryucc.org/event/artchurch-with-the-photography-of-christine-tinsley
Third Sunday, June 18, 10:00 am
Pinhole: When I look at a photograph, I see an assemblage of time. The image exists in the present, goes forward into the future, and yet flows back into the past. Silent memories fade, time flees and yet the instant of time seen by the camera’s eye is frozen forever in a photograph.

Pinhole photography does not have an optical lens; light exposes the paper or film through a tiny ‘pinhole.’ Unlike an optical lens, which manipulates and corrects the image, the pinhole captures everything in front of it, free of aberration. A connection is created between viewer, image and subject as the light touches the subject outside the box and then causes a chemical reaction on the light sensitive material inside the box. It links the viewer in the ‘here and now’ directly with the moment depicted in the ‘there and then.’ It is raw photography. It is like placing your foot in the sand and leaving a footprint rather than drawing one on paper. The footprint was actually there. It was causal.

My work centers on my desire to understand the image, to capture the moment and hold on to it before it ceases to be. It is a memento mori—a reminder that time waits for no one.

SisterVet: I served in the U.S. Coast Guard for 30 years. I started working on SisterVet three years ago; I did not anticipate the project would involve much more than documenting women veterans. Confronted by the realities of my pain, I began the long journey of photographing women veterans in an attempt to recognize these amazing women as well as share their stories, hoping that one of their stories might help someone as they have helped me. What was initially a visual project has become the creation of an unprecedented archive of photographs and stories of women veterans.

SisterVet is a mixed media project that includes black and white portraits of women veterans and handmade paper made from the dress blue uniform shirt of women veterans. When you walk into this exhibit you will see 5 sheets of handmade paper: 1 green, 2 blue, 1 khaki, and 1 white. The paper was made from the uniform shirts of women veterans from each branch of service. To start the creation of the paper is a multi-step, multi-dimensional process, which deals with the uniform itself.

As you look at this exhibit, you might ask yourself why make paper from uniform shirts?
The uniform is an object that has physically come in contact with our bodies and through time we’ve held on to this object. The weight of the memory woven into the fabric becomes heavier, more traumatic, more daunting and more beautiful. It is ingrained in the uniform, and now it will be released.