About the Artist
Marilyn Waligore, Professor, Aesthetic Studies / Photography, directs the photography program at the University of Texas at Dallas. Waligore received an MFA degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and undergraduate degrees in Art and in English from the University of California-Berkeley.
Her articles have appeared in Leonardo and Photography Quarterly, and she has curated numerous group exhibitions. She has exhibited internationally-- Hong Kong, Spain, Italy, Sweden, Thailand--and in venues such as: SIGGRAPH, Los Angeles, California; New York Digital Salon, School of Visual Arts, New York City; Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock, New York; Silver Eye Center for Photography, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Los Angeles, California; Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, Ohio; in Chicago, Illinois at the Filter Photo Gallery and ARC; and in Houston, Texas at BOX 13 Gallery, and at the Houston Center for Photography; in Austin, Texas, at the Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Women & Their Work, and the Texas Biennial, Mexican American Cultural Center; and in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas at R02 Gallery, Artspace 111 Gallery, and PDNB Gallery. Her awards and honors include: Ohio Arts Council Artist Fellowship, Visual Arts; Arts Midwest/ National Endowment of the Arts Regional Visual Arts Fellowship, Photography; and Moss/Chumley North Texas Artist Award, Photography and New Genres. Her work is included in museum collections such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas. Marilyn Waligore is Professor of Visual and Performing Arts / Photography at UT-Dallas. She received an Ohio Arts Council Visual Arts Artist Fellowship, Arts Midwest/ National Endowment of the Arts Regional Visual Arts Fellowship, and the Moss/Chumley North Texas Artist Award. Her work is included in collections at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. She has exhibited in Hong Kong, Spain, Italy, Sweden, Thailand, and at SIGGRAPH, the New York Digital Salon, Center for Photography at Woodstock, and in Texas at Ro2 Gallery, Artspace 111, Women & Their Work, and the Texas Biennial.
My transformation of aluminum detritus into fantastic sea creatures alludes to the contrast between our disregard for the environment and our simultaneous dependence upon it for our survival. Aluminum packaging becomes symbolic of our use of natural resources as the images suggest fanciful options for the recycling of post-consumer waste. These photographs document objects that are assembled to create sculptural forms. Collected during walks in my neighborhood, this litter can be described as the trash of trash. I affirm the materiality of objects that we tend to “delete” from our visual field, despite their prevalence in our urban environments. I hope to encourage an embrace of the potential actions of reduce, reuse, recycle, and conserve, while fostering reconsideration of our daily habits, and their eventual global impact.