Surrounds, explores the objecthood and history of the photographic backdrop. Backdrops consisting of photographs of idealized landscapes, utopian worlds or romanticized environments act as objects of transportation. Similar to most photography, these ‘backdrops’ purpose is to exist as a false contextual object in the aid of producing a flawless, innocently and cliché portrait. In this series, the object of a photographic backdrop, while existing for the sole purpose to be captured photographically, is transformed into something that it was never meant to be: a sculptural subject. By incorporating hints of photographic studio equipment and digital aesthetic fads, Kalee Appleton visually examines the nostalgia associated with the use of photographic backdrops as well as the contemporary equivalent to the backdrop, digital post production, by subtly incorporating humorous digital trends.
Kalee Appleton is a photography-based artist and educator living in Dallas, Texas. Originally from Hobbs, NM, she attended Texas Tech University and received a BFA in Photography in 2005. Shortly after graduated she worked as a commercial corporate and aviation photographer before attending Texas Woman’s University, where she received an MFA in Photography in 2014. Kalee’s work deals with the digital technologies and their effects on society and the landscape. Kalee is a member of the oldest Texas art collective, 500X, and is represented by Carneal Simmons Contemporary Art. She has exhibited her artwork at galleries nationally, including Filter Photo Space, Photo Spiva, Whatcom Museum and The Rourke Museum of Art