Sheree Hovsepian received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2002, a dual BFA/BA from the University of Toledo in 1999, and studied at The Glasgow School of Art, Scotland in 1998.
Foregrounding the materiality of photography in a digital age, Hovsepian works with film-based cameras, light-sensitive paper, various objects, and her own body to produce cerebral and sensual photographs in which she deconstructs her medium. She produces all of her photographs in the studio and darkroom using traditional printing techniques. Confounding and subtle, her work reflects her deep knowledge of the history and theory of photography. In her “Haptic Wonders” series, for example, she emphasizes the physicality of her medium—dependent upon the presence of the photographer and the subject—through a group of photograms. To make these camera-less images, Hovsepian directly exposes light-sensitive paper, partially covered with cut pieces of construction paper or marked with the traces of her fingers. As with all of her work, the resulting images suggest that even the most documentary photograph is a mediated creation.