MSAC Individual Artist Award (IAA)Prior to 2012
Artist StatementFor this work I always start with the painting. I don’t have a preconceive idea to start with but work with the flow of paint and color to form a base on the wood panels I use. I know that the images from my photo albums need space and ground to grow among these shapes I create, but I let the painting speak to me first and foremost. When I think the work is complete, I set it aside to dry and mature. If after a period of time (a day or a week) I find it still pleases me I take a high-resolution image of the painting and bring it in to my computer for compositing. I open my painting on my monitor and browse through my photo albums for an image that speaks to the painting. I use various methods of collage and masking to marry the two images together. The results of these endeavors are printed as a giclée on archival canvas and stretched on stretcher bars for the final display.
Chris Peregoy is a photographer who has been actively showing photographically
derived work for the past 30 years. Originally trained in traditional photographic
practices, his current work crosses the boundaries between digital, traditional
and primitive photography and marries digital image making with painting and historic
photographic processes. His images deal with forgotten or imagined memories.
His work has been shown in North and South America, throughout Europe, and
in Japan. He has received a National Endowment for the Arts InterArts grant and
two Maryland State Individual Artist Grants.
Peregoy's work with pinhole photography led him to form his own company, the
Pinhole Blender Company, which sells his uniquely designed cameras throughout
Chris Peregoy holds M.F.A. and B.A. degrees from the University of Maryland