Instant photography captures the nostalgia of idealism. It always feel like I am in a time machine that is propelling me into the future of my memories.The fascination of instant photos is the mystical moment of now. Time becomes an inspiration from the past and utopianism of the future. The surprise of waiting for development is always illuminating and anomaly transcends uniqueness as quirks in the photograph emerge. The emulsion becomes action and reaction as the magic of chemistry and art translate into an image of blended science. The digital age and analog film are colliding to create a new interaction in the conversation of photography. With innovative new tools, the enchantment of instant film is bursting with new flavors, creativity and excitement. Within this new technology lives the mutation of fine art and kitsch Americana. I explore these peculiarities with the assortment of cameras, techniques and traditional mediums.
Monique Sullivan earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art with a concentration in Photography from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Her work is inspired by her dreams, spirituality and creative idealism. Her range of artworks includes painting, photography, printmaking, and video. Her artistic influences are works from artists like Andy Warhol, David LaChapelle, Frida Kahlo, Henri Matisse, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Vincent Van Gogh and Pablo Picasso. She has participated in activities such as the Student Art Guild and been Vice President of Media Coordination at her Exposure Photography Club. Her exhibition of shows include awards for photography, video and mixed media. She lives in San Antonio with her husband and two children.