March 20, 2013

San Francisco in Jell-O by Liz Hickok







San Francisco in Jell-O by Liz Hickok

San Francisco remade using Jell-O then lighted from below and photographed.
I cast elaborate scale models of urban sites out of Jell-O, light them from below, and bring them to life with photography and video. The molded shapes of the city blur into a jewel-like mosaic of luminous color and volume. Remade in an unexpected material, seemingly permanent architectural structures are transformed into something precarious and ephemeral. 
I drew the inspiration for this project from my immediate surroundings—San Francisco, where the geological uncertainties of the landscape evoke uncanny parallels with the gelatinous material. I construct my own vision of these locations with props and backdrops as if they were small movie sets. The photographs I take capture imaginary landscapes, while the videos illustrate the power of nature's destruction.

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