The Clandestine Periphery is an invisible mural set into the wall and activated by a glance. Born from a reductive process that relies on photographic information, it is dependent on the architectural and pedestrian use of the space. Opportunities to engage the trace of the mural are fleeting, possibly lost, but ever-present once found.
Essential to the photograph is a tracing of light as it burns into the silver, burns into digital memory, marks our consciousness. The Clandestine Periphery engages the ethereal captured by a camera and loosens the grip of the recording. It is the simulacra of a set of photographs or a circular route to the real and possibly an effigy with only the most essential bits of information retained.
Melia Donovan’s most formal photographic training came from printing custom black and white prints in the basements and backrooms of photo labs in San Francisco while getting her BA in the medium. That access to materials and processes pushed the notion of experimentation, which ultimately led to her MFA in Combined Media from Hunter College, CUNY. She lives and works in Beaverton, Oregon.