Eileen Rae Walsh is an artist currently working and living in Chicago, IL. She received her BFA from the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, FL and is a 2016 MFA Photography Candidate at Columbia College. Today we share her photographic series titled A History of Staring at Fires, as well as her video titled The Sky.
A History of Staring at Fires, 2015
If we could touch like the sun
so as not to forget
to be transfixed, mesmerized by the daily glow
of our existence
to consider staring at the horizon
as long as a screen —
when did we stop craning our necks
to see it?
The Sky and Paradise navigate through the visual language of sublime archetypes as curated by Google images: The Sky, The Clouds, Space, The Horizon, The Sunset, Paradise. Using the Google search as a metaphor for the search for meaning in the infinite, the cosmic, and the intangible, I examine how the history of this pursuit has been absorbed through images in a contemporary realm. The narration that accompanies each video recites the Dictionary.com definitions of these tropes, while occasional, personal appendages disrupt the mediated immersion and consider the shared sentiment of contemplating the unknown.
To view more of Eileen’s work, please visit her website.