This work reconciles the technology and the mediated experience of making a photograph with the tactility and the immediacy of making a drawing. First, in the darkroom, I expose the paper multiple times, as a photogram, without the use of a negative or a camera. Then, back in the studio, I scratch with a sharp tool or sandpaper directly into the emulsion of the paper. This body of work explores the color potential of chromogenic photo paper, serendipity in a completely dark room and mark-making on an unforgiving surface. Each piece is unique and expands the notion of what a photograph can be-not simply a reproduction of something that already exists but an object in and of itself, something completely new.
The Colorado Silver Bullets were a professional women’s baseball team, sponsored by the Coors Brewing Company, that traveled the country playing men’s all-star amateur and semi-pro teams between 1994 and 1997. The coaches were all former Major Leaguers, including manager Phil Niekro, a Hall of Fame pitcher. Most of the players were top college softball players. Many had played some baseball, but most had been excluded from playing past the age of 12.
The Silver Bullets broke a lot of new ground and have been recognized by Cooperstown. In 1996, four players hit homeruns and Pam Davis pitched a scoreless inning of relief against the Australian men’s Olympic team in a guest appearance with the AA Jacksonville Suns. In 1997, three players hit over .300 and the team dramatically won their final game to finish with a record of 23-22, chalking up their first winning season.
Although the Colorado Silver Bullets lost their sponsorship at the end of their 1997 season, they were a catalyst and a point of convergence for young girls and women who dreamed of playing baseball. Today there are women’s amateur baseball leagues across the country and since 2004 USA Baseball has fielded a national women’s team that plays other women's teams at an international level, including the Women's Baseball World Cup. Baseball for All is an organization that provides opportunities for girls to play baseball against other girls all across the country. And in Rhode Island, the Pawtucket Slaterettes have been giving girls a chance to learn and play hardball against other girls since 1973.
I photographed numerous games on the East Coast and two spring training camps over the course of four years so if you don't see what you're looking for, please get in touch.
Swimming in Butterflies by Karen Werner. Commissioned by Soundproof, Australian Broadcast Corporation. First broadcast in October 2016.
A duet for voice (Laura Wulf) and cello (Reinmar Seidler) about being amidst millions of monarch butterflies in Michoacán, Mexico, during the monarch's winter migration. Laura describes the experience in words; Reinmar, a conservation biologist, is asked separately to "speak" about the experience through his cello. An assembled story and soundscape ensues.
Laura Wulf has shown her work in the Boston area at Gallery@Green Street, the Barbara Krakow Gallery, the DeCordova Museum, Gallery Kayafas, the Hallway Gallery, the Griffin Museum and13Forest in Arlington. She has also shown at the Foley Gallery in New York City. She currently has work with AMP in Provincetown.