By Elizabeth Webb
Images acquired from Keystone- Mast Collection, UCR/California Museum of Photography, University of California at Riverside)
THE ROPING ROOM is an exploration in the creation of narrative history and histories through the triangulation of narrative forms (personal, descriptive, and landscape). Dominant narratives in the piece trace multiple modes of production and refinement in terms of agriculture, institution, and the body. Both within the animated stereographic images and through relationships between the pieces, Elizabeth seeks to critique the ever-present colonial model of vision and mastery through the very mechanism of its representation. In so doing, Elizabeth hopes to expose representation as manipulation and raise questions about the present both as “creator of” and “created by” history.
Elizabeth Webb is an artist and filmmaker currently living and working in Los Angeles. Her work is invested in issues surrounding race and identity, often using the lens of her own family history of migration and racial passing to explore larger, systemic constructs. She is currently working on a hybrid documentary film that traces the production and construction of racial identities within a family (her own) where members operate on both sides of the “color line.” Elizabeth holds a BA from the University of Virginia and is completing a dual MFA in Film/Video and Photography/Media at California Institute of the Arts.