Tibbs was in Nef, the photography studio at MacDowell. She was working on a series of photos of the Matterhorn…fooling around with them…changing the color and value as a sort of exercise. She had about 12 of them pinned up and even pulled out a Toblerone chocolate bar to prove it was the ubiquitous image of the mountain.
Cutting, folding, and sewing onto photographs, and more recently darkroom manipulation, are gestures that I use to break the surface illusion of these images and draw attention to their artifice. By reintroducing the hand into these images, I reiterate that there is little untouched in these spaces.