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Light Box Tableaux

 
My work explores influences that form and re-form culture in the United States. I am fascinated by the histories and peculiarities of “American” traditions. My light boxes depict celebrations, interactions, and rituals that continue to evolve from the mingling of our varied ethnic and religious backgrounds. My imagery combines research, personal experience, and observation.

I use the light box format to create the sense of looking into another world. Mirrored film lining the interior creates the impression that the scene continues indefinitely. Colorful patterns that frame the images are inspired by the cultures referenced within the tableaux. Illumination brings the artwork to life, making the scenes literally glow.  

See the work as it was installed for Glow Tableaux at Artisphere.
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Brief History of Trash

Mediums to Media

All Souls  Do Not Happy Hour 
All Souls

Do Not Happy Hour

The Wake  Who Needs Salvation Last March 
The Wake

Who Needs Salvation
Last March

Brief History of the Tomato  Brief History of Coffee  Heroes and Rebels
Brief History of the Tomato 
Brief History of Coffee
 
 Heroes and Rebels
Leave A Message Thumbnail  Selfie Evolution Jazz Ages 
Leave A Message

Selfie Evolution  

Jazz Ages 

Now We Fish For Fun

Now We Fish For Fun

 Interruptions in Istanbul

Six Men with a Piñata

 The Penultimate

New Tide

 

How to Embarrass Your Date

Macho Mocha

 

Is Very Beautiful

 

God's 'Lil' Army

 

Color Fight

 

Nature Day

 

As installed in Class of 1925 Gallery

Fire Jumping

 

The Regular

 

Study Date (Distraction)
 

Mostly Disappointment

 

Watch Your Fingers

 

Love in Aisle 12

 

Do Not Touch

 

Endorsing Velcro

 

Scrutiny

 

Too Small To Divide

 

Can You Open Your Eyes Under Water?

 

The Cheese Stands Alone

 

Get Well

 

Teller Blues

 

Hug Your Grandma

 

No Room for Modesty

 

Our Room

 

Cube Crisis

 

Left or Right Delight


Busy Body

 

 
           
        All images Copyright 2016, Melanie Kehoss