Interviewed by Jess Dugan - June 16, 2022
Jess Dugan recently selected one, one thousand... for CENTER's Social Award Honorable Mention. It is a privilege to be interviewed by them for Strange Fire, an artist collective "of interdisciplinary artists, curators, and writers focused on work that engages with current social and political forces."
We talk more about Lori and David, how the title came to be, and how I got David's permission to make this work. I share why I use text and image, "straight" photographs, altered images, and talk about the artists who've influenced me. Jess's thought provoking questions that had me look more deeply at the "why's" about the work which are articulated here.
Teaching this summer : Los Angeles Center for Photography
July 25 - July 29, 2022
Photography is an art form used to express observations or communicate a story. This workshop invites students (ages 12-18) to observe the world around them and discover the overlooked. Designed for all levels of photographers.
Interview by Diana Nicholette Jeon - May 31, 2022
Diana has me waxing about my career and each project that has led me to the work I make today. In doing so, I learned a bit more about myself through the process.
Diana: To leave you with a final thought from Arlook, she says, “We’re making this work to champion caregivers and bring awareness to this rare syndrome. We hope to raise funding to enable more research into the many unknowns about LGS. To learn more about LGS, visit the LGS Foundation website.
Juried by Jess T. Dugan recognizing one, one thousand...
I was impressed by the quality and diversity of the work submitted to the Social Awards. Seeing projects from around the world that address a variety of meaningful social issues, such as climate change, immigration, activism, systemic racism, socioeconomic inequity, chronic illness, neurodivergence, aging, family systems, the effects of the pandemic, and LGBTQ+ rights was very moving. In addition to the subject matter, the formal and technical execution of each project was critical to my selection; I was looking for cohesive bodies of work comprised of strong individual images and was most drawn to projects where the artists spoke about social issues from a highly personal vantage point, using their own stories as a point of departure. As I was viewing all of the submitted work, one of my favorite quotes by Diane Arbus came to mind: “The more specific you are, the more general it’ll be.”
The two Honorable Mentions, one, one thousand… by Debe Arlook. one, one thousand… tells the story of Arlook’s 28-year-old nephew, David, who has Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome, an incurable seizure disorder, and severe autism, rendering him non-verbal and in need of full-time care. Arlook’s images show David and his mother, Lori, alongside her handwritten text describing aspects of their lives and relationship.
- Jess T. Dugan, Artist & Co-Founder, Strange Fire Collective
July 7 - September 4, 2022
Artist Reception July 10, 2022 4-6pm
My sister Lori and I will be there, we hope to see you. Over 2,000 images were submitted to jurors Frances Jakubek and Iaritza Menjivar, and narrowed to 60.
Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins
June 1 - June 28, 2022
The artist reception was an extra special event with my nephew, sister and family in attendance.
Juried by Alyssa Coppelman and Christy Havranek
Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins
Virtual Portfolio Exhibition 2022
In-Person Projection date to be announced
Juried by Gordon Stettinius
Meditation No. 5, Foreseeable Cache
A few weeks into the March 2020 lockdown, I became ill with Covid. We were in Idaho for a one-week trip. Then the world literally stopped. The virus lasted seven weeks...we stayed for three months not wanting to return to city life in Los Angeles. Testing was scarce, we had a president prescribing bleach as a cure-all, and no one knew anything. Two years later, with vaccines, boosters and new variants, a sick friend told me she couldn't image what it was like being sick without the vaccine. I can tell you, it was no picnic. It messed me up emotionally, physically and mentally for many months.
In the fall of 2020, I wrote an essay about my experience for The Artist of Possibility, a spiritually minded magazine conceived by meditation teacher, Jeff Carreira. Published in January 2021, the issue about Loss, Grief and Transformation. Images from Foreseeable Cache accompany the essay.
16th Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Women Photographers Awards
Jurors Barbara Davidson and Elisabeth Biondi awarded Foreseeable Cache an Honorable Mention for Digital Manipulation & Collage and 2nd Place for Edge of an [American] Dream . 3,245 entries were received from 44 countries. Works will be exhibited at FotoNostrum Gallery, Barcelona Spain Winter 2021.