If you've just come from a doctor's visit and feel a bit disoriented by all the medical tests, lets us give you some advice: read Self Help, a book of short stories by Lorrie Moore. Or look at Katie Shapiro's photographic series inspired by the American writer's work of fiction. One thing is (almost) certain: these images will amplify those experiences, perhaps sublimate them, and leave you genuinely detached.
The process of the Los Angeles photographer is inspired by the desire to transform an abstract concept into more tactile images. In the project, called "There is never anything conclusive, just an endless series of tests", Shapiro goes back to the roots of creating photo images and to the alchemic aspects of the darkroom process.
A method driven by intuition and by a game that leads towards uncertain territories, aimed at confounding the observer so that they question the viewing experience. The series investigates abstraction through collages of photograms and scans that only suggest representational forms.
Through unconventional methods Shapiro twists, distorts and confuses the viewing experience, so focused on and intimidated by its health that it is shaken up. Art, it goes without saying, in this case is a real cure-all.
Photos via katieshapiro.com