Mikey Foster Estes

Artist based in Phoenix, Arizona


Memento Mori: Memento Vivere
ASU Northlight Gallery
Sep. 9 - Oct. 9, 2021
Phoenix, AZ

COLOR: the beauty and science of color
Tempe Center for the Arts
Sep. 24 - Dec. 31, 2021
Tempe, AZ


Do you ever remember memories?
Solo exhibition at Eye Lounge
Jan. 21 - Feb. 13, 2022
Phoenix, AZ



Private Rainbows, 2017
HD video, silent, 6:20 min.
Excerpt: Vimeo

Private Rainbows is a slideshow of images of rainbows made in my apartment. The silent video, which plays on a consumer-grade monitor like the one in my living room, opens with the black emptiness of the screen. A few seconds later, the first image — the wavy rainbow on the entertainment center — appears as a vertical slice in the center of the screen. The video sequence, recorded live from my iPhone and into QuickTime, spans over 200 images. A “phantom finger” swipes from one image to the next, zooms in and out of the image, and inches further and further into the rainbow. This screen-within-a-screen serves to negate the illusory by drawing attention to format. As the user-narrator, my body takes on an indexical presence within the margins — as the swipe that guides the sequence, the eye observing from behind the camera, the body moving through space. The image exists not in and of itself, but in the terms of its confinement within the space of the screen — how it is to be seen.