Sugiura's large-scale photograms are a logical evolution of her training in the traditional fine arts. To create a kind of drawing, she carefully places flowers and string on light-sensitive paper, and then exposes it to light. Then she sabotages the paper's even development by pouring hot water over randomly selected areas. This creates variation in the tonal range of the background. Sugiura's actions give depth and substance to the picture's texture, creating a tension between the ephemerality of the "drawing" and the infinity of its backdrop.
Compounds. A. Positive. 1997. Toned gelatin-silver print. 30 1/2 x 29 1/2". Lent by Leslie Tonkonow. Artwork & Projects.