LEIA GENIS

Citing visual art as the oldest record of human history, Genis works across the mediums of photography, installation, and performance to create artworks that dissect contemporary construction of time. Most recently, images have become the focus of Genis’ studio practice. As temporal objects, images move through digital and physical space changing form and format, all the while recording this information to create a timeline of their movements. This embedded information, whether immediately apparent or not, informs the final image and the viewer’s sense of time as an extension.

Using the time-based medium of cyanotype, the human figure is exposed on a surface in multiple iterations with continued variance. Each exposure adds another layer of time to the image but does not completely obscure the original. The result is akin to a sedimentary rock or rings of a tree in which each chronological layer of the object is discretely visible. Distortion and manipulation of the silhouette is regularly employed as an exploration of the ways in which perception of time is subjective and malleable. Using images and their temporal qualities, Genis questions the supposed objectivity of time and how it can be disrupted.

Selected Works