Storrs Bishop, local artist and Frame Garden manager
What is it that you make? What kind of materials/mediums do you use?
I make photo constructions using archival prints layered in a three-dimensional photocollage manner
What is your process?
I shoot a subject with my camera to generate 60 to 120 pictures which I then print to make different tiles. I then piece the tiles together to create an new image. It’s like putting together a jigsaw puzzle without knowing what the final product will be of.
How do you pick your subject matter?
I find that architectural and large, identifiable landmarks are always interesting to look at.
What is the most important element of what you do?
Taking something familiar and creating the sense of a new image from it that didn’t exist before I made it.
How did you learn this skill?
I started by imitating David Hockney images from the ‘70s and ‘80s and bending them in my own direction.
How has your work evolved over time? Where do you see it going?
My first piece was made 15 or 16 years ago when I wanted to have a huge picture of one of the blue garbage cans for a show, but couldn’t afford to have it printed. I shot two 36-image rolls of film and tiled them together to make one large garbage can. Through the use of digital photography, archival printing and construction techniques my work has become far more sophisticated over time.
Anything else you would like us to know about your work?
The skills used to create my art pieces - from shooting a subject in open air to a completed collage - utilize the same precision and problem solving that I use in my job at the Frame Garden to provide archival printing and finished products for our customers. It’s silly, but aside from the more sexy aspects of digital photo finishing and printing, I’ve gotten really good at cutting foam core.