Frances Borchardt captures the people and places along Maryland’s Western Shore with her camera, but a single image is only the beginning of Borchardt’s process. She incorporates photographs into the compartments of printers’ type cases to create a window into her adopted hometown. The Art League Gallery will host a solo exhibition of Borchardt’s work from July 8 – August 1, 2011.
A native Washingtonian, Borchardt photographs everyday things and community events in and around the rural countryside south of Annapolis. Her unusual method of display truly sets her work apart. Once the images and type case are paired, Borchardt works on placement. She orders various print sizes to accommodate the different compartment sizes. She also faces the challenge of dealing with the curve of the photograph once it’s placed into a compartment, using multiple copies to create an uninterrupted line.