Broke Down Frames: Mixed Media

Artist Statement

Broke Down Frames is a photographic body of work that explores the constructed concept of  “seeing without looking.” Through the use of non-traditional lens-based equipment, the photographs in this work depict abstract representations of the artist’s own nude female figure and the intimate space of her bed. The five pieces that make up the body of work hang from the ceiling negating the conventional presentation of photographs on a wall. The five body images hang on one side and the corresponding bed images hang on the backside seen from an opposite view within the room. Eliminating a physical frame and balancing an abstract and representational portrayal of the body, Broke Down Frames challenges the role of the female figure in art and resists the male gaze. Through this process, a more complex and honest representation of the body is depicted in the abstract rather than the literal.

Candace Jahn is an artist working in photography living in Portland, Oregon. Her work has been exhibited over the years at Duplex Gallery (Portland, Oregon), Disjecta Contemporary Arts Center (Portland, Oregon) and The Gallery 13 (Asbury Park, New Jersey), among others. Jahn attended the Caldera Arts Residency in Sisters, Oregon in 2014 and was the recipient of the Society for Photographic Education Mid-Atlantic Scholarship in 2011. Jahn received her BA in Art and Education from Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey and her MFA in Visual Studies from Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon.