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Maria Dumlao
Expanded Earthly World
February 7- March 2, 2014

Culled from hundreds of snapshots of sunsets, sunrises, and overall breathtaking landscapes shared and posted on a variety of social media networks, the images are cut up and used as a palette for the ever-changing landscapes. This work alters the conventional use of personal nature photography, which often results a barrage of mundane, sterile and mass-produced sunsets, drained of sensuality. The act of processing and manipulating separated bodies of nature and experience, though somehow familiar, becomes impersonal, anonymous, perceptually unreal and abstracted. In the tradition of collage/montage these mostly still images are animated in Expanded Earthly World to produce an altered state of experiencing snapshots.

Artist Bio
Born in Manila, Philippines, Maria Dumlao is an interdisciplinary artist whose work has been exhibited and screened at Art in General and Momenta Art Gallery in NYC, The Contemporary Museum in Hawaii and internationally. She’s had residencies at Experimental Television Center in Owego, NY, and at free103point9’s Wave Farm in Acra, NY. Her collaborative work with Brainstormers has appeared at Brooklyn Museum of Art and Bronx Museum of Art (a collaboration with Guerilla Girls) and received funding from The Puffin Foundation. She received an MFA from Hunter College and currently teaches at Bucks County Community College in Newtown, PA. She works and lives in Philadelphia with her husband, son, and cats.