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Alien Land, 2014, Archival pigment print archivally mounted on tempered hardboard, UV laminate, brushed nickel pegs, 22 x 30 inches. Photo: Natalie Fleming.


Using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology, Frani Evedon transports us into the parts of the body rarely—if ever—visible to the naked eye. Part of her Passing Through series, Evedon appropriated and manipulated MRIs of her husband’s back. In so doing, she makes visible what is typically only somatically felt: pain’s presence. We join in her task and become the MRI through our eyes, transforming the ill body into an alien landscape, one that is no longer familiar.

Frani Evedon (b. 1951). Lakota shaman Lame Deer said, “We are only a physical manifestation of what is real.” This existential statement implies that we, and everything that exists on our plane of events, are physical and non-physical simultaneously as well as profoundly linked to our collective condition. Frani Evedon’s work represents her personal journey to address the notions of synchronicity, life transitions, and physical deterioration in relation to the process of global decline. Recently, she has been exploring these concepts through the manipulation of MRIs and X-rays.

Although this work is not overtly political, it is covertly so. Current events have reached a level of urgency that seems to threaten our very existence. These three works from the Passing Through series are also landscapes, reminiscent of our deteriorating planetary body, hastened by environmental neglect, global violence, disease, and now by the frightening decisions of this new administration.

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