By this treatment, familiar subjects become unrecognizable and require new investigation. The shape-shifting ambiguity made possible by the photographic lens resonates with the artist’s general sense of a world unseen by the naked eye, a world of possibilities.
In the Species series, Parsley Steinweiss explores the idea of the imaginary life beneath the surface. Through a process of constructing ephemeral environments, she explores the imagined landscapes of organisms and their environments. The artist is interested in the relationships between the micro and macro worlds and interior spaces and exterior surfaces. She captures these constructed moments with a 4 x 5 camera, which she then prints at a larger than-life-scale to give these microcosms iconic stature. Using a quasi scientific photographic language, Parsley Steinweiss challenges the viewers’ perception of what is real and what is fabricated.