MALONE – Multimedia artist Noreen Sadue’s “Altered Realities,” a collection of a dozen images depicting an artistic process, opens Friday with Michael Hart’s “Backseat Dreamer” at Downtown Artist Cellar in Malone.
Sadue’s artistic approach has evolved over time.
In the exhibition, she selected photographs of objects, textures, light and shadows which were arranged and superimposed in new compositions.
“By combining separate realities, I created altered realities that the viewer can experience,” she says.
His work has been exhibited throughout the Northeast in multiple individual and group exhibitions. Throughout her 30-year career as an educator, she has taught many high school art disciplines and served as an adjunct professor of photography at SUNY Plattsburgh.
She earned her BFA from New York Institute of Technology, Long Island and her MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Godard College, Vermont.
Sadue has always been a photographer and painter.
“I’ve always found each medium to draw inspiration from each other in a way that I’m sometimes able to combine them,” she said.
“I started combining images in photography about 10 years ago. I was really surprised at what I got. It was unexpected. I really liked the result. It’s a process that I think has evolved. Admittedly, these are more in-depth than the last body of work I did that is similar. The colors are richer. The imagery is different. Yes, so it has changed a bit over time.
A wanderer, Sadue is a lover of nature and photography.
“Sometimes I look at textures that interest me,” she said.
“Sometimes it’s just a simple little object. I collect things that I photograph later. I think the process for me and the exciting part is when I get on the computer and start combining these images. I get unique things that I couldn’t photograph directly. They are mostly real objects and real textures. Some images in the show that have some scanned images of paint textures that I created for the purpose of combining things.
It’s a time-consuming process with her sitting at her computer combining many photographs to get what she wants.
“Some have two images,” she said.
“Some have three or four images combined. I don’t really edit the photos. I further modify the process by layering them, and that’s where the new image comes from. There may be a small tweak at the end in terms of overall contrast or boosting the color a bit, but generally I don’t manipulate the photos too much.
In the exhibit, Sadue has 12 works, which she calls “composite photographs” that range from 7 inches by 7 inches to 12 inches by 12.5 inches framed works.
“I think it’s a good word that lends itself to the process,” she said.
Sadue created these works within the last two months when Hart contacted her for a double show.
“I said, ‘Well, I’m known for creating a good body of work in a short time,'” she said.
“I thought that was really something. We’ve collaborated many times over the years. I really jumped at the chance. I thought it was awesome.”
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