Areca Roe’s gallery is full of 3D images


The current Conkling Gallery artist is Areca Roe, MSU Associate Professor in the Art Department. Conkling is a professional traveling exhibition space that houses works by graduate students, faculty, and other artists. For Roe, this is his first solo gallery in space. The gallery, Symbiotic, will be visible from October 3 to November 4.

Using three-dimensional lenticular images and film, Roe combines three distinct bodies of work in this exhibition to examine how people attempt to connect with nature while accepting its limitations.

When crafting the show’s title, she thought a lot about the human relationship with the natural world. This relationship can be positive, negative or neutral. So, she settled on Symbiotic, which refers to a relationship “characterized by, living in, or being a close physical association between two or more different organisms.”

“The work in the exhibition references human interaction with the natural world. And the show’s work has plants native to Minnesota,” Roe said. “I have a large collection of natural patterned fabrics, and incorporate them into much of my work to reference the home or domestic.”

What makes these photographs unique is the illusion his photos give to the viewer. These illusions are achieved by taking multiple images and layering them on top of each other.

“I was obsessed with 3D photography and wanted to bring it into this exhibit. There’s a whole process involved,” Roe said. getting the 3D effect. It took me about a month or two to learn with lots of trial and error.

In addition to nature, she integrated her family into her work. In one of the images, we see her with her back to the camera and hugging her child.

“There are some images of birches and willows. I incorporated my own children into the scene,” Roe said. “When creating these images, I thought about the legacy we leave to children regarding the natural world or the climate crisis and how we are not living up to our obligations. In a way, I projects where I try to nurture them within these frameworks.

Roe got into art when she was 14 years old. It wasn’t until she took a class that she fell in love with photography.

“I borrowed my parents’ cameras and have just started taking pictures. I then got into the darkroom in high school and fell in love with photography in particular,” Roe said. “I have always been interested in art, but photography has become my main medium.”

A few things about the medium stuck in Roe’s mind.

“I like the idea that it freezes a moment or a memory in time. You can sit down and study it deeply. I like that kind of immediacy of changing things and also the connection to reality,” Roe said. “I love how quickly you can manipulate an image or a scene just by changing the moment and changing your perspective. A photograph isn’t necessarily true or real, but it usually has a basis in reality.

Header photo: Roe combines the influences of nature and family to create an eco-friendly series, which she named Symbiotic as a representation of the relationship the two should have. (Lilly Anderson/The Reporter)

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