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Dena Lester

Dena Lester’s work blurs the boundaries between photography and painting. By printing photographs on canvas, and manipulating them by hand, Lester seeks to disrupt their immediacy and transparency. Archetypal photographs of lighthouses, cities, landscapes, sea views and roads are variously scratched, splashed with chemicals or painstakingly worked with tiny glass beads. To Lester, these practices underscore the beauty within the melancholic images, and help to invest the photograph with subjective feeling. This desire to elicit emotional responses from viewers similarly informs Lester’s film work.