In The Weekend, Isabel M. Martinez joins two different photographs vertically within a single frame, which creates a disorienting “push and pull” between foreground and background. Using in-camera masks, images are grafted into a simultaneity that challenges the eye; scenes are brought together but never completely blended. These large-scale works constantly shift the viewer’s focus between competing subjects, juxtaposing scenes of leisure with landscapes.
Perception is a recurring theme within Martinez’s practice, and has become a foundation for her to explore the limits of photography. When time and space are dissected and spliced, cut and pasted, a new interpretation of temporality emerges that is dual and parallel.