Wave Motion

Wave Motion is Gaudiani’s newest work. It is in two forms – motion video and still image – taken from bodies of water in Colorado, California, and Mexico. The videos take us into peaceful and meditative territories. The still images ask us to question what we are looking at and how it is that the play of light, wind, and water can manifest in vastly different abstract images from the same places.


In West, Gaudiani 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.

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.

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.

Forty Eight States

By the age of twelve, Gaudiani had visited forty eight states by car and train. Forty Eight States emerged over three years of travel through the United States by train, car and plane and decades of travel through all forty eight states.


Through the use of multiple images in Conversations, Gaudiani addresses the concepts of space, time, and context to capture more accurately a person’s character. She chooses subjects whom she has known for thirty minutes or thirty years.

"Do I Measure Up...?"

Between 1997 and 2000, Gaudiani travelled the United States photographing the secretive world of professional and amateur body builders, with full press and backstage privileges. Gaudiani gained the trust and friendship of the body builders.


Gaudiani reflects on how the speed at which we move through life shapes who we become and on how slowing down and moving close reveals worlds that we miss. In a departure from other work, she meditated as she made the Tidal images…