After living in twenty-one homes the domestic environment became my studio. My work explores the effect of physical spaces and places on the mind and vice versa. I use the material objects in my immediate surrounding that reflect my geographic location, gender, motherhood, family, and economic status. Photography’s tools allow the images to transform these objects and transcend their original purposes. Flatness, frame, time, and lighting allow me to relocate elements of interior spaces and exterior places that people choose to surround themselves with. By transforming my subjects in numerous visual and physical ways, even everyday objects obtain the potential to outgrow their original purpose; something that perhaps [at present] only exists within the space of a photograph.
Winona Barton-Ballentine (b. 1980 Conklin, NY) is a Woodstock and Brooklyn, New York based photographer who’s work has been exhibited internationally and published nationally. She is the founder of ICP EDU BOOKS, a small artist book publication imprint through the School of the International Center of Photography, and has a background in both commercial and fine art photographic practice as well as being a photo editor and producer. Barton-Ballentine received her B.A. in Photography from Bard College and her M.F.A. in Photography at Bard College / International Center of Photography with an exchange at the École Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie, Arles, France. She was selected as a 2014-2015 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace artist resident. Her most current body of work, Home Studies, explores the materials of domestic environment and the mental space that they both reflect and create.