Kim Sikora: How did you create the concept for this series?
Madeleine Campbell: The current series I’m working on, titled Cloth, is inspired by the apartment I’m subletting while in San Francisco and part of a larger body of work, titled Anthropomorphic Spaces. I am exploring a reciprocal relationship between self and space through psychoanalysis, haunting, intuition, and personal history.
KS: How do you decide when and where to shoot? Were there destinations with history you tracked down, or was it more or a fluid exploration?
MC: I shoot in places that I know on a personal level, places I have lived in or spent a lot of time in. I explore familiar spaces in unfamiliar ways as a means to speak toward a singular/plural understanding of time, space, and the unknown.
KS: Many of your images have a brooding quality to them. What kind of emotional content do they hold for you?
MC: Private spaces are both those which shield us and those which conceal us, this interplay between comfort and fear is central to my work. While my photographs are often read as being quite dark, play is a major influence in both my process, and my conceptual framework.
KS: In particular, I’m very curious about the image on the television, and the view of a stone backyard patio. What is going on in these pictures?
MC: Both images are from a project titled Old Man’s Voice in which I documented my grandparents’ home as a site of myth, memory, and cultural association. With my grandparents’ house now vacant, the lack of habitation creates a museum like effect in which all the objects are frozen in time. In stark contrast, the surrounding yard has become wildly overgrown. The juxtaposition of interior/exterior space symbolizes the passing of time and acts as a metaphor for the psychological/physical self.
KS: Can you tell us a bit more about your shooting process?
MC: It is performative in nature and for this reason I like to shoot on my own, using myself as subject (via wireless remote), or with my sister whom I use as a stand-in for myself. I shoot both photography and video on a canon 5D mark II.
KS: What is one thing you want your viewers to walk away from your photography with?
MC: I want to provide avenues for the viewer to explore intimate spaces through personal associations and collective experience.
KS: A lot of photographers struggle with the balance of personal work and otehr money-making pursuits. How do you balance the two?
MC: I’m currently working towards a masters of applied arts at Emily Carr University in Vancouver, which has allowed me the time to focus solely on my personal work.
KS: Can you tell us what to expect in the next few weeks of your residency?
MC: I will be shooting new work and using the Dickerman Prints’ Print on Demand services. I’m also really looking forward to meeting the other residents and having the opportunity to work in such a creative environment.