About Ian's Work

 
 

Artist Statement

Ian Campbell's artistic practice incorporates analog and digital photographic techniques, as well as film, video, sound, and sculpture. He explores the dialogues between science and fiction, natural history and pop culture: the interweaving of fact and fantasy that informs our perception of the natural world. His images draw attention to the human impulse to categorize and reconstruct reality. Often, Ian disrupts and questions aesthetic and scientific hierarchies by blurring the lines between found and constructed images, juxtaposing intentional elements with the random interactions of light and chemistry inherent to photographic processes. Ian is interested in the unknown, and in evoking the limits of human knowledge. Researching forgotten histories and discarded artifacts is central to his practice, as he seeks to conjure alternate realities, exploring the potential of photography to transcend what is represented and engage the imagination.