Girl (Prefix Photo, 2004)
Girl, an artist’s project that appeared in the May 2004 issue (#9) of Prefix Photo, is a double-sided, die-cut insert that is bound between the regular pages of the magazine. The insert situates the intimacy of personal photography – snapshots intended for family use – within the public context of mass distribution. A full page of cover stock was printed double-sided with an old black and white photographic image on one side, and a contemporary colour image on the other. The two images of girls are from different times and circumstances, but both were originally taken in a family context. A sewing pattern shape was then die-cut out of the centre of the insert, removing visual information from the images. The two photographs are interrupted by the contents of the surrounding magazine pages that can be seen through the cut-out hole. These surrounding pages become a part of the work, replacing the missing visual information that was cut out. Both sides of the insert, as seen in the magazine, are shown in the image files.