In 2002 I began shooting large format and Polaroid Type-55 Film. This film has interesting characteristics; one of these characteristics being the Positive’s delicate and transient nature. I found that if I did not coat the resulting positive with hardening fixer, it would decompose in completely unpredictable ways. Having the negative already as my fixed image, I allowed my positives to age, oxidize, and decompose without interference. This body of work, originally shot in 2004 and 2005, is the resultant Type 55 Polaroid positives after over ten years of aging and decay. I found inspiration for this project in the Japanese philosophy of Wabi-Sabi; an aesthetic centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. Composition/Decomposition reflects the aging process through the positives’ transient nature. Representing the passing of time and the acceptance that nothing is fixed or permanent.
Marisa Redburn is a fine art photographer and multimedia artist, with a focus on film, darkroom and alternative process. Her works' aesthetic is recognizably cinematic-noir; dark and enigmatic, ambiguous, visceral, and evocative. Capturing icon, metaphor and archetype in surreal scenes and allegorical vignettes. Her artist's credo embraces beauty that is imperfect, impermanent and incomplete.