Remixing Found Imagery – Cassandra C. Jones

Every so often, you come across something and say to yourself “that is so simple and obvious, why didn’t I think of that?” That’s how I felt this morning after discovering the work of Cassandra C. Jones.

Jones deconstructs online found imagery, though available stock or amateur photos, to create new meaning through subtle combinations. She does this with a variety of styles as well, some resembling stop-motion animation, others a kaleidoscope.

Some of the works included are constructed by compiling hundreds of professional and amateur snapshots of the same subject taken by different people. Ranging from full-color lightning bolts to old black and whites of horses jumping over a fence, she links them in ways that depict motion, line and non-linear narrative. Other pieces are made by deconstructing single photographs, removing their backgrounds and reducing them to isolated shapes. Jones then duplicates and arranges these forms to create compositions where singularity and multiplicity exist simultaneously. There is both an order and a chaos present in the body of work, which overall asks the question, what does it mean to organize and interpret imagery in the digital realm, where the archives of visual information are in a constant state of growth and evolution?

By Robin Tooms
Published August 2, 2009
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