Shannon Blosser-Salisbury, as an artist, does not leave well enough alone. Normal people from vintage photos are digitally fused with her own photography to create strange and compelling images. These intriguing and improbable pictures can be seen Friday, Feb. 3, when “The Pollyanna Society,” an exhibit of new works by Blosser-Salisbury, opens in the Kortman Gallery.
Blosser-Salisbury approaches her work with a sense for the peculiar and outlandish and with a sense of humor.
“I first began torturing antique photographs in 2007,” said Blosser-Salisbury. “At first, I did it for my own amusement, but when I started showing the finished pieces to friends, I heard comments along the lines of, ‘You’re sick!’ Well, there is nothing I could do but make more.”
Her images can take between several days and weeks to complete. The result is digital collages composed of antique photos and contemporary elements that become their own little fantasy worlds.
“There’s a little bit of darkness in each of these worlds,” Blosser-Salisbury said, “but I’m a Pollyanna, so the good side always triumphs.”
According to Doc Slafkosky, gallery director, Blosser-Salisbury’s work
is hard to describe. “You really have to see Shannon’s strange and eccentric works,” Slafkosky said. “They seem weird at first glance, but when you take a longer look at them, they become even weirder … but at the same time, lots of fun! If anything, they are highly visual, colorful and best of all, oddly entertaining.”
Opening reception for “The Pollyanna Society” exhibition will be from 5:30 to 9 p.m., Friday, Feb. 3. Admission is free. The gallery is upstairs at J.R. Kortman Center for Design, 107 N. Main St., Rockford. For more details, call (815) 968-0123 or visit www.jrkortman.com.
From the Feb. 1-7, 2012, issue