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Just Breathe (2013- )

This project documents human life on a scientific and emotional level. Each portrait is captured by resting a camera on the participant’s chest and pointing the camera up to the night sky for a 30-second exposure. Acting like a fingerprint, the unique movement of each person’s breath creates a visual…

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Once Ocean (2015- )

Alterwitz continues to embrace science and technology with art and nature by pushing their boundaries in content and execution. The title of the project itself, ONCE OCEAN, carries an emotive weight, giving reference to things in our world that are completely beyond human control. Yet it also draws us into science,…

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Complicated Beauty (2014- )

By working with medical imagery and photographs of the natural world, the images in COMPLICATED BEAUTY address the fragility of human life and the emotions that impact our daily existence. I rephotograph the actual films of mammograms and combine the breast tissue imagery with my images of familiar landscape. This work…

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Superpowers (2017)

“Would you like to have super powers to see things that others can’t, like Superman with x-ray vision?” That is what I asked each child as I entered his or her hospital room in the pediatric cancer ward to deliver a thermal camera for them to use. “Photograph every and anything…

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5 separate series from the project Signatures of Heat (2012-2017)

Science unites us, and technology enables us to envision these connections. Through her continued investigations using thermal technology, visual artist Linda Alterwitz searches out the threads that connect science with contemporary culture, revealing a human experience that summons the unexpected. From having a fever in one’s body to the effects…

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American West (2014-2016)

From a human perspective, life in the deserts of the American West often represents a harsh existence yet to its inhabitants, adaptive behaviors enable them to overcome these obstacles. Within these environments, diverse layers of life are revealed as the artist overlaps multiple exposures on film within the camera. The imagery…

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While I Am Still (2009-2014)

Alterwitz embraces science and technology with art and nature by pushing their boundaries in content and execution. Her long-term project entitled While I Am Still combines the visual languages of art and science to create dreamscapes of the invisible body. Alterwitz chooses elements that originate as medical imagery, selected for…

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Discarded Dreams (2009-2013)

The photographs in the series “Discarded Dreams” combine medical research with the natural environment. The imagery derived from medical research such as x-rays and MRI  cannot be seen without the aid of technology. In contrast, photographic images of landscape provide a different type of information: that which is attainable, familiar,…

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Flesh & Bone (2010-2011)

Each photograph is created using canine medical imagery. Bone, muscle, internal organs, and foreign devices used to repair their bodies, such as plastic sutures, metal screws and plates hidden below the skin, are uncovered. Some photographs are a direct re-photographing of a section of one radiograph, while others include multiple…

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