All images copyright Marie Weimer. All rights reserved. 

My work begins from my previous college experience and Pickens Technical College.  There I learned how to process film, make prints, lighting setups, and much more the correct way.  I would photograph people in studios with the classic portraits in mind, and I would go around on walks taking pictures of plants, animals and some candids of people.  From there, I have slowly found my way into experimental and alternative processes.  This process speaks to me more than the technical because it allows for me to watch things turn out by playing around with different ideas.  The variety of things I have studied in the Fine Arts program at RMCAD have only helped me along in finding my passion for learning.  Since Pickens, my work has definitely evolved into other forms of work like ceramics, and I have switched from just walking around to specifically coming up with ideas and shooting in order to get those ideas across. With experimental processes, I can continue to learn.  It is very much like having a new toy or video game that I want to play to the point that I have it memorized by heart.  Alternative answers for the ideas I have really excite me, and I enjoy coming up with new ways to push myself and still have fun in the creation process.  The themes in my work tend to turn to a darker, realistic tone, and I really enjoy rustic, grungy and deteriorating things.  The processes that I really enjoy are the ones where some of my control gets lost, like burning paper or rusting metal.  While I can control what and how long and other variables, there is no for sure answer as to how things will turn out until it is done.  In my three-dimensional works, I usually want the audience to interact with my pieces and I am interested in what people will do with them, this is another element of the loss of control. Even in my digital work that I have complete control over; I like to take what I have and mess around with it, like photo manipulation by adding drawings or overly messing with the colors to create something different.

Photograph taken by tya Anthony (tyaanthony.com)

Photograph taken by tya Anthony (tyaanthony.com)