Katie M. Westmoreland

Alpenglow Collages
Katie M. Westmoreland Alpenglow Collages photographs on bamboo paper, cut and layered
2016
photographs on bamboo paper, cut and layered
8.5 x 11 inches each

The alpenglow visual phenomenon looks like a distinctly shaped, warm glow near the horizon, occurring around dawn and dusk. It is most easily identified on mountains, but it is also visible on buildings and clouds. I first witnessed alpenglow on Montserrat during my time at Can Serrat Artist Residency in El Bruc, Catalunya. I was captivated by the phenomenon and after the residency I began looking for every piece of information I could find on the subject. I found hundreds of slightly different photographs by hundreds of different photographers of the same few mountains. I think of this phenomenon as "destination image-making," where people seem to visit locations specifically to make a photograph that has been made hundreds of times, with inevitable differences due to time of day, season, height of photographer, camera angle, etc. I collected these photographs, erased everything except the mountain and light shapes, printed the images, and meticulously cut out the alpenglow forms. As these cut photographs stacked up on my desk, I noticed layered landscapes building up and dissolving. Through this process I developed 98 collages - a select few are pictured here. When the collages are viewed sequentially, a geologic and atmospheric narrative evolves. The collages have been exhibited and collected individually, but I envision this series complete as a book with all 98 collages.
Katie M. Westmoreland Alpenglow Collages
Katie M. Westmoreland Alpenglow Collages
Katie M. Westmoreland Alpenglow Collages
Katie M. Westmoreland Alpenglow Collages
Katie M. Westmoreland Alpenglow Collages
Katie M. Westmoreland Alpenglow Collages
Katie M. Westmoreland Alpenglow Collages
Katie M. Westmoreland Alpenglow Collages
Katie M. Westmoreland Alpenglow Collages
Katie M. Westmoreland Alpenglow Collages
Katie M. Westmoreland Alpenglow Collages
Katie M. Westmoreland Alpenglow Collages
Katie M. Westmoreland Alpenglow Collages
Katie M. Westmoreland Alpenglow Collages
Katie M. Westmoreland Alpenglow Collages
Katie M. Westmoreland Alpenglow Collages
Katie M. Westmoreland Alpenglow Collages
Katie M. Westmoreland Alpenglow Collages
Katie M. Westmoreland Alpenglow Collages
Katie M. Westmoreland Alpenglow Collages
Katie M. Westmoreland Alpenglow Collages
Katie M. Westmoreland Alpenglow Collages
Katie M. Westmoreland Alpenglow Collages
Katie M. Westmoreland Alpenglow Collages
Katie M. Westmoreland Alpenglow Collages
Katie M. Westmoreland Alpenglow Collages
Katie M. Westmoreland Alpenglow Collages