Carol Golemboski’s “Psychometry”

July 04, 2014

Made up of dark and mysterious still lifes, Carol Golemboski’s photographic series “Psychometry” uses the objects she depicts to stand in as metaphors for the emotions and psychological states experienced by the human mind. Through scratching the negatives, drawing on the actual photographs, and sometimes integrating photograms into her process, Golemboski creates an emotional dimensionality that harnesses the mental anxiety and chaos that her images portray. According to her artist statement, “‘Psychometry’ refers to the pseudo-science of ‘object reading’, a purported psychic ability to divine the history of objects through physical contact. The objects in these pictures seem haunted. They are designed to transcend their material nature and evoke the mysterious presence of past.”

text by Canbra Hodsdon