Jamie Carayiannis

Artist Statement

The photographic body of work, Power, is an examination of energy use. Specifically, Power explores coal and the industry’s use of mountaintop removal mining processes. This series of photographs contextualizes my own energy consumption and considers how communities in the Southwest region of my home state of Virginia have been negatively affected. Further, Power addresses concerns regarding the photograph’s ability to serve as a viable method of scientific measurement while examining the relationship between performance and photographic documentation. I have conducted and documented a series of small-scale experiments and performances that aim to demonstrate the magnitude of mountaintop removal mining’s impact. In an effort to provide the viewer with a greater sense of place, Power also includes a series of landscape images of the affected region. Together, the two sets of images speak to and inform one another. I am simultaneously critical of and complicit in the issue of energy consumption.

Artist’s Statement

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