Eleanor Oakes: Photographing Absences

John R at Montana, November 2015.

Whether capturing vibrant layers of paint covering formerly graffiti-filled walls to trace an ever-evolving urban environment, documenting curious stains on lush fabrics or using the dust, dirt and hair from a studio floor to create unusual portraits, photographer Eleanor Oakes deftly manipulates her chosen medium to represent the ephemeral. Despite her undeniably varied series, Oakes’ photography consistently examines Susan Sontag’s assertion ...

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