© Kelli Connell

Bubble Bath, 2002
Digital Lambda Print

Kelli Connell
Double Life

Kelli Connell makes photographs that depict commonplace and emotionally charged scenes from an intimate relationship between two women - except in Connell's pictures, the drama is constructed and both women a depicted by the same model, Kiba Jacobson, a college friend whom Connell has photographed exclusively for the series since its 2002 inception. Individual images of Jacobson posing, alternately as each person in the imaginary relationship, are digitally combined to create a fabricated - but seamless and believable - psychological narrative. The revelation that the two subjects are each portrayed by the same person unfolds slowly over time.

Connell describes her work as "an honest representation of the duality or multiplicity of the self." Her images reveal that identity is not a fixed entity bound by tidy definitions. Connell's masterful tableaus are familiar and have a subtlety that is easily absorbed by the viewer, providing the opportunity to question the acceptance of the photo-graph as an object of truth.

Martha Schwendener in the New York Times writes: "... these are ripe with big ideas: doubling (genetic versus digital), narcissism, same-sex relationships, the simulated versus the real, and the role of images in fabricating narratives (which also links Ms. Connell to photographers like Jeff Wall)."

Kelli Connell was born in Oklahoma City in 1974 and currently resides in Youngstown, OH. She will soon relocate to Chicago, where she has accepted a teaching position at Columbia College. She received a BFA in Photography and Visual Art Studies from University of North Texas, Denton, and an MFA in Photography from Texas Woman's University, Denton, TX in 2003. Her work is included in the recent Phaidon publication "Vitamin Ph: New Perspec-tives in Photography". She has received numerous awards and was a finalist for the Santa Fe Prize for Photography in 2004. Connell's work is in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Dallas Museum of Art among other public institutions.

Exhibition: June 7 - July 14, 2007
Gallery hours: Tues-Fri 9:30 am - 5:30 pm,
Sat 10:30 am - 5:30 pm

Stephen Wirtz Gallery
49 Geary Street, 3rd Floor
USA-San Francisco, CA 94108
Telephone +1 415 433-6879
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