by Morgan Donovan
Finch Lane Gallery (1340 E 100 S), Salt Lake city, UT 84102
Artist's Talk: Fri, Jun 20, 7pm
Gallery Stroll: Fri, Jun 20, 6–9pm
Morgan Donovan presents Shower Stills, a series of life-sized portraits of various individuals that were taken in a studio. These honest portrayals are captured through a process of divesting subjects of external characteristics and recreating the experience of being washed clean.
Donovan uses photography to document the relationship between the subject and viewer. She believes that photography captures a moment of truth—and the vulnerability of it—when one person sees themselves in another. In putting her sitters through the act of being cleansed before sitting for the camera, she draws upon both the scientific and spiritual ideas of being regenerated and reborn. Throughout the process, Donovan found herself experiencing her own feelings of unexpected vulnerability when placed in the intimate position of photographing each subject. “The near immediate trust and openness often shown by the sitters was humbling,” Donovan said.
Location: Finch Lane Gallery (1340 E 100 S), Salt Lake City, UT 84102
Contact Information: 801-596-5000