ESCANABA, MI – Bay College announces the first exhibition for winter semester 2023, Rebirth, photography by Steven Tousignant in The Besse Gallery. His work will be on view from January 17-February 20, 2023. Please join us for the Artist Talk and Reception at 2pm ET on Tuesday, January 24, 2023.
ARTIST BIOGRAPHY: Born and raised in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Steven Tousignant’s love for photography started when he received a digital camera for his 18th birthday. For over 17 years, Steven has experimented with different photographic processes and cameras honing his skills. He has attended both Bay College and Northern Michigan University. He currently operates a studio in Marquette, MI with two other photographers.
ARTIST STATEMENT: Rebirth, represents a visual reflection of an individual’s self-growth, juxtaposed with the death of their past selves. I’ve recently become interested in my own personal growth and evolution as a human being. Delving into the philosophic thought of laying to rest my past self has inspired this new body of work.
Employing multiple images allows me to convey a sense of one standing on their own grave, overcoming their past self to grow as a human. My subjects were not limited to being fully evolved beyond who they felt their past self was. In turn, this gave them the chance to confront their own emotions and preemptively putting that self to rest. This series was not only cathartic for me, but it also encouraged some of my models to begin their own journeys of personal growth.
We welcome you to join us for our first reception and exhibition of the semester in the Besse Gallery on Tuesday, January 24 at 2pm for his artist talk and reception!