About Kalee Appleton
Kalee Appleton was born in Hobbs New Mexico, however, moved to Lubbock, Texas for university. She graduated from Texas Tech University in 2005 with a Bachelor’s degree in photography, and in 2014 obtained a Master’s degree in Fine Arts in 2014 from Texas Woman’s University in Denton. Today, besides her career as a photographer, the artist also works at the Texas Christian University in Fort Worth as an assistant professor in the photography department. Appleton, specifying in landscapes, is interested in how her work together with digital imaging technology affects society.
Artist Personal Website: www.kaleeappleton.com
This work titled, New Paths, explores landscape photography through the lens of contemporary technology and the current COVID-19 pandemic. With the use of the post-production algorithm, content awareness, the pictorial frame of the photograph is expanded past its original border with duplicated photographic components and textures. The algorithm is designed to repeat and thus “fill” empty areas of a photographic file by “intelligently” duplicating pixels in close proximity to the edges of the photographic frame. The visual duplication creates a unique sense of perspective that is obviously a falsified version of the original. This repetition is a visual representation of the manner in which COVID-19 has spread internationally. This collaboration with a software component and the images that result are seemingly left to chance, a symbolic parallel of the current viral pandemic occurring across the world.
Kalee Appleton has had her work highlighted in various print and online forums including DMagazine, Glasstire, Lens Culture and F-Stop Magazine. Appleton exhibits her work regionally at Erin Cluley Gallery in Dallas and has exhibited nationally at Filter Photo, Chicago, Illinois; Artsphere, Washington DC; Fotofest, Houston, Texas; and Houston Center for Photography.