The title of this body of work, Meian no oku, 明暗 の 奥 means The depth of light and darkness. Influenced by her travel to Japan, Menchelli started working with color photograms in 2020. This process requires to work in complete darkness where certain things can be planned but others are left to chance, allowing space for improvisation. The color photograms are created with pieces of translucent paper, using multiple exposures of colored light to construct an intuitive space inside of the images. In the darkroom time is paused and the distance becomes personal, measuring space with the tips of her fingers, choreographing movements using colored filters to expose the photographic paper. Working with light as a substance she comes to terms with its matter, creating depth through shadow and light to reveal the subtle revolutions that occur through contemplation.
She works in a small format in the darkroom and later uses these photograms as negatives expanding their scale. This allows for the invisible structure of the photographic paper to be expanded revealing its texture in a micro scale. To take a step closer and observe the weaving of photography’s mechanisms and understand vision in a physical way.