Stella Whalley’s art practice has been dedicated to the exploration of drawing, printmaking, digital embroidery and photography and more recently sound/video/animation.
She has built up a practice which is floating somewhere in a space between feminist and queer theory – the understanding of ‘self’ and the notions of ‘the other’, particularly preoccupied with ‘liminality’ both in terms of ‘place’ and ‘beings’. Taking references from history of art and contemporary culture she reformulates them by using herself as the protagonist. The works investigate how gender is culturally constructed and uncovers a rich source of insights into the self and our relationship to the world. The work has developed and refined an individual approach over the course of numerous exhibitions and residencies.
Cinematic Prints: In these digital prints on Hahnemuhle photo rag 300gm paper, I explore the formal and compositional elements of cinematography as well as visual characteristics of electronic data transfer that relates to photography, video and film.
Each print consists of two film-stills I have extracted from their original context and positioned within a frame that echoes the elongated cinema screen format. By combining images from different film scenes into one picture, a new temporal and spatial relationship occurs. The images also enter into a dialogue with one another. In some of the film-stills there are subtitling, which is from the moment the picture was taken. This text adds another layer to the interpretation of the prints. They are furthermore positioned in angular composition to each other so that they create an illusion to the viewer/observer as if he or she is looking in onto to the scene. The picture plane itself is an illusional space reminiscent of a darkened cinema theatre. They highlight the aesthetic quality that is conditioned by the various technical characteristics of electronic data transfer such as moiré and recertification.