Like her ancestors who decided to settle in less-than-habitable Canada, Sara Cwynar makes life difficult for herself.
Cwynar (SWIN-ar) is a photographer. Rather than a linear point and shoot, the artist takes a more circular approach... The quick spin: she begins by finding a photograph, messing with it, re-photographing, then reprinting. At any point Cwynar may decide to repeat a step and cycle back through.
In the Toucan pic above, Cwynar found the image. Scanned it. Enlarged it. Printed it on multiple sheets. Taped it together. Photographed it. Printed it. Put hundreds of green post-it arrows on it. Photographed it. Printed it. Got it?
In some more recent works Cwynar does more digital manipulation - relying on the quirks of a scanner or printer to achieve her effects.
The reason? She is cleverly commenting on the artifice of photography. Circling around the ideas first presented by the 1980s Picture Generation.