AARON-EMILE W. OSBORN
I have primarily approached the arts as somewhat of a refuge from the day-to-day, using projects to make sense of the environment and to cope with anxiety, loss, or other emotions. Materially, this has typically been expressed as small groupings of work that interweave photography, text, and illustration — a triangulation of mediums that can help locate an idea. The northern Plains has been a recurring literal/figurative backdrop in this work. Of the areas of the US I have lived in, this landscape has had the greatest personal impact. It is an enveloping space that can be as claustrophobic as it is vast. In recent years I have begun to focus on photomacrography, drawn in by the architecture of the smaller world. At this scale, the image capturing process often times takes on an exploratory nature, transporting one to a place where seas of scales cover a butterfly’s wing and canyon walls are carved into minerals.