Zachary Ayotte is a Canadian artist, photographer and writer. He was born in Yellowknife, NT and raised in Edmonton, AB. He currently lives in Edmonton. He has exhibited work at The Art Gallery of Alberta, Latitude 53, SNAP, Nextfest, and more.
I Wish U Were Here
In the fall of 2016, my partner and I drove through the western United States. We’d gotten married a month earlier. About half way through our trip, at a motel in Nevada, nothing happened. And I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I Wish U Were Here is my attempt to think through the ways perception is shaped and try to deconstruct an inherited visual language with images. The work consists of a series of photographs made by rephotographing images from our trip and distorting the original image using light modifiers. In making the work, I am curious if symbols can be revealed and deconstructed by altering the way they present themselves. How do we sink into our perceptions? How do we find our way out?
I Wish U Were Here was made with support from the Edmonton Arts Council.