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Wave Motion

Wave Motion Wave Motion is Gaudiani’s newest work. It is in two forms – motion video and still image. The work was captured across the Americas, from Mexico to Colorado. Hidden invisible forces become visible in swirling waters. The first part of the project is a series of videos with their accompanying sound of wind and water. Start by playing any of the ten Wave Motion videos. In experiencing these videos the viewer finds that a meditative effect can be produced in the space of just two minutes. Pausing the video at random can lead to surprising results. Each still image reveals […]


West Gaudiani in her newest work West continues her exploration of the tensions of place and belonging. She employs a framing device evolved from her earlier works Forty Eight States and Frontier States. Here in West, she frames the passing landscape with hints of curtain, window, and train interior. Each image becomes a theater proscenium, with viewer and photographer in the audience. The curtain is raised on landscapes with long perspectives and the viewer is invited in to the “performance” and distanced from it at the same time. Where do we belong? The train takes on broader meaning. A train is always between destinations, and its passengers […]

Forty Eight States II

Forty Eight States II Forty Eight States II is a departure from the moody black-and-white images of Forty Eight States. The sensual, saturated colors of Spring and Winter in II lend a heightened reality to the passing terrain, in and out of focus. Even if we do not belong to these places, it is as though they belong to us, memorialized in photograph. Gaudiani’s use of the train window places the viewer inside the train, almost inside the camera, and frames the fleeting landscapes, fixing them in individual dioramas.

Frontier States

Frontier States For Frontier States, Gaudiani was drawn back to the southwest as metaphor for the new landscape for her life, wanting to capture the beauty in the desolate, vast, and architectural landscape where she could see the weather at long distances. Gaudiani shared the lonely tension that existed in the history of this frontier land: the disparity between wide open spaces and the marks men had tried to make, between the hope and innocence it once represented and the reality of what it became. This is not an easy land to find a foothold in, but people have done it. […]