Artist Statement

Hat With Feathers Corinne Geertsen

Hat With Feathers

I assemble my pictures digitally from photos of my ancestors (making occasional ancestor adoptions at thrift stores) and from photos from my expanding personal archive of over 37,000 images.

It’s all about remix.

I’m on a constant photographic scavenger hunt, outfitting ancestors with backdrops, sidekicks and belongings.

I print my work myself in small editions on archival photo paper with pigment inks.

My images are quirky visual narratives about psychological predicaments. They pull a lot of subconscious strings. I especially like a good plight.

I’m always happy when my pictures are funny but true. Humor is difficult to work with. To take a picture into the stratosphere where it becomes art is hard. I like to work within this difficult intersection.

My pictures lean toward surrealism, as they have odd juxtapositions, non sequiturs, and an element of surprise.