NSCAD Graduation Catalogue


D’Arcy Way

 BFA Photography



Fading Sculptor
Similar to how we are immersed in the continual evolution of change, the way of viewing the world must too, adapt. Fading Sculptor documents a glimpse of the ever-changing art of one of nature’s greatest sculptors, still visibly at work today; a work of art that is best experienced in person, but most commonly documented through the photographic medium. Through the additive and subtractive process of changing ice sheets building up and fading piece by piece over many millennia, each drop of water compressed between layers comes together to create a structure of immense force. From these ice layers, smaller icebergs break off, drifting and transforming, as the element fades into a different state and accelerates itself into a cataclysmic remoulding. The process shifts through stages of glacial and interglacial periods; civilizations fading in and out while this sculptor continues its work. With relief work that has scarred land and left its marks throughout history, it presents us with new landscapes and perspectives on human life.
To many, these natural sculptures captured through the photographic medium, that occupy temporal galleries, become the art piece. This being said, the sculpture, the work of art captured, and our very existence are shaped and sculpted in similar ways to that of the icebergs we marvel; all are a part of the work of one of nature’s greatest and oldest sculptors.

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Isolation in Progress
As an ongoing concern of how visual media is in a constant state of change, there is always the question of; what will be next and how can it differ? How can the visual “truth” of photography be pushed? Just as photographs program more photographs, every new medium is the remediation of another. Each stage in advancement works off the other to create a new image of evolution.
Although we are accustomed to separate the physical and virtual, they are contained in the same structure, just as we have been programmed to think in photographic categories. The progressively changing layers of nature, human perception, and machinery are uniformly trapped within the same dimensions. This slight separation of human body and perception is continually illustrated through technology. We become fixated on information and our minds become lost in mental interactions, as we weave in and out of the physical and virtual world. In this series Isolation in Progress, the three-dimensional physical world is flattened though the medium of photography, then broken into numerous layers separated and expanded at a specific depth, to again present an appearance of three-dimensional space. Although individually isolated, every layer works together through the space to create a profile of a single character. This series may be presented and considered as a final product, but is only a step in a long process of continual remediation.