Mikey Foster Estes

Artist based in Phoenix, AZ

Recent Exhibitions

Chasing Ghosts
Vision Gallery (Chandler, AZ)

In with the Old: 5 Years of P.A.D
Purchase College (Purchase, NY)

Me Loving You/You Loving Me
Eye Lounge (Phoenix, AZ)

In with the Old: 5 Years of P.A.D
Walter’s (Amsterdam, NY)

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Mikey Foster Estes

Artist based in Phoenix, AZ

Recent Exhibitions

Chasing Ghosts
Vision Gallery (Chandler, AZ)

In with the Old: 5 Years of P.A.D
Purchase College (Purchase, NY)

Me Loving You/You Loving Me
Eye Lounge (Phoenix, AZ)

In with the Old: 5 Years of P.A.D
Walter’s (Amsterdam, NY)

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Me Loving You/You Loving Me, 2022
Eye Lounge, Phoenix, AZ

This largely photographic exhibition brings together new and revisited works that reflect on the memory of my late parents. The title itself is a reference to “Mama” by the Spice Girls, who I saw perform live with my father Beaver in 1997.  Assorted river rocks, originally collected by him, become the substrate for cyanotypes. Made at the family home on the anniversary of my mother Althea’s passing, the resulting “images” function as a marker of light, time, and the intangible. Portraits of Althea that I shot on cross-processed film as a teenager are represented as illuminated transparencies.  

Althea’s tongue-in-cheek rule about tattoos (it better be on your butt and say MOM), is the premise for Every cloud has a silver lining — Perhaps, a black-and-white 16mm film. The film combines footage of my tattoo adapted from her handwriting with a sequence of moving images made inside the family home and of specific objects that recall her presence. Layered atop are field recordings of planes overhead and heavily manipulated audio sourced from the Spice Girls song. The resulting drone soundscape is a light and airy build up of atmosphere and texture.

Vimeo
Runtime: 8:28 min.
Camera: Bradley Smith

Photos: Josh Loeser