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Specimens

Megan Moore

Curated by Leila Timmins

Specimens is a photographic series that attempts to materialize memory while contending with its fragility. Working with images from her personal archive, Megan Moore uses a gel-like substance evoking bodily fluids to pull ink from the image’s surface. Once unfixed from the page, the image begins to shift and transform—the surface cracks and pulls apart, bends, and contracts. Each step of Moore’s process, followed with scientific precision, produces an alchemical effect that abstracts and manipulates the original content, creating new forms of expression. The ephemeral image is then rescanned at high resolution and enlarged, capturing each fissure and crease with exacting detail, while simultaneously revealing the process of its creation. The instability of the images suggests a fluid understanding of history and memory, subject to change and contradictory impressions.

Megan Moore is a Montreal-based media artist. Her interest lies in the connection between photography, feminism, and the medium’s murky relationship with truth. Through the manipulation of personal and public archives, her immersive photo and video installations offer reflection on memory, history and the state of the photographic medium. Megan has exhibited across Canada at the Art Souterrain Festival, Espace Projet, FOFA Gallery, Orillia Museum of Art and History, and the Toronto Media Arts Centre as well as the Maison de la Photographie, Lille, France, Altes Finanzamt, Berlin, Germany, and Ulster Museum, Belfast, UK. In 2015 she won the Montreal Emerging Photographer award. Megan holds a BFA in photography from Concordia University and an MFA in studio arts from the University of Guelph.

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