If you've encountered Keith Sharp's work (he's been featured in several Photomedia Center Open Exhibitions in past years), you'll instantly recognize the whimsical spirit and interplay between the indoor space and nature outside. In the Fabrication series, Sharp experiments with printing images of natural scenes, plants, and other items on to cotton and silk that are then sewn, staged, and re-photographed. Some printed fabric is made into soft sculptures. His subtle images always cause the viewer to do a double take.
"Ever since I was a boy, I have always had a love of nature – camping, gardening, plants, walking in parks, and just being outdoors. For many years now, I have been creating photographs of props that I have placed in real scenes – either outdoors in natural settings or by bringing the natural world inside. Sometimes the props have been something prefabricated, while other times it has been props that I have created. We all play a part in fabricating the world around us. There will always be two worlds – the natural and the manmade."