Analog Photography Digital Photography Light Boxes
As a feminist writer and visual artist, my photographs have been censored because of ambiguous representation and viewers’ fear of the unfamiliar. What I see through the camera lens is my reality; nothing is manipulated during the analog developing or printing process. Both my digital stills and my digital narratives play with how we perceive the familiar and the unknown. The elasticity of our conscious animates the magic of the unknown. Rather than taking for granted the “realness” of our everyday lives, I am defining magic as a conscious process of witnessing the infinite potential of each moment, each interaction. La réalité dépasse le fiction evokes E.T.A. Hoffman’s exhortation in The Sandman, “There is nothing more marvelous or madder than real life”. Aware of the precariousness of our digital age, the idea that reality goes beyond fiction compels me to engage my viewers’ corporeal imaginations. As a photographer, I make sculptural, cinematic, and performative works. Collaborating with artists, writers, and scientists is essential to my working process. My light boxes reflect these dynamic relationships.


Collaboration with Micaela Amateau Amato Collages

See the collection of photo montages.

Collections that include Cara’s photographs

1996 "Negotiating the Discursive Body," Calyx: A Journal of Art and Literature by Women2009 Anamesa: an interdisciplinary journal, “The Perception Issue”, 2008, NYU, 77, 99, 107, 117