Mikey Foster Estes

Artist based in Phoenix, Arizona


Oct. 1 - Dec. 31, 2021
COLOR: the beauty and science of color
Tempe Center for the Arts (Tempe, AZ)

Opening on Nov. 13, 2021
Project Art Distribution (P.A.D.)
Walter’s (Amsterdam, NY)

Jan. 21 - Feb. 13, 2022
Me Loving You/You Loving Me
Solo exhibition at Eye Lounge (Phoenix, AZ)


Afterimages, 2021
dye sublimation prints mounted on steel bar, printed text
19‘ installation

Afterimages consists of digital photographs and note entries that chronicle the experience of loss. Made between November 2019 and the present, the images depict daily scenes within the family home as it’s changed in ways both visible and felt. Many of the images are casually made and forgotten about, only to resurface as the record of something no longer there. The fragments of text, simultaneously revealing and opaque, loosely ground the visual in personal narrative and metaphor. In documenting the transformation of presence into absence, the work’s content and internal logic is prone to fluctuation and renewal, valuing emotion over resolution.

The work is an ongoing collection of images and text that will exist in different iterations over time. The first iteration of this work was completed in April 2021 and presented the content more or less chronologically. In September 2021, a second iteration was produced for “Memento Mori: Memento Vivere,” a group exhibition at Northlight Gallery focused on photography’s relationship to death. This sequence was approached more formally and included additional images and text.
Installation view, Eye Lounge, April 2021

Installation view, Northlight Gallery, September 2021