Stephen

Sariñana-Lampson

MA Photography / Video

My photographs evoke a memory of place within the quilt of Los Angeles’ urban fabric. They embody subliminal narratives informed by circumstance and site, fragments of architectural detail, and the vestiges of people perceived by their absence. I connect with the palpable presence of solitude that permeates built spaces at risk, particularly those slated for “development.” Ultimately, my interest is in the residual memories left behind by the consequences of human experience within the fissures of the urban landscape.

As an artist and activist, I concentrate on the neighborhood in which four generations of my family have lived – Lincoln Heights – one of the city’s oldest and most densely populated communities. Within its boundaries are the most diverse examples of residential and commercial architecture found in the city, along with a fading history and the unseen presence of people from her past. Recent work initially tried to reconcile the consequences of gentrification and coercive displacement found among the relics of once inhabited sites. But in the midst of a global pandemic, my work has become more of an archival record of personal memories tied to places from my own back pages and a psychological reconciliation of the vulnerabilities inherent in aging.

A garage door that has peeling paint

​26 or 28, 2021

Pigment Print, 18” x 24”

a brick wall with two windows that are shut closed

​The Window With The X, 2021

Pigment Print, 18” x 24”

a stained yellow wall with two white water pipes running down

Two Downspouts, 2021

Pigment print, 18” x 24”

a cool colored photograph of a wall that is painted with teal

The Spontaneous Wings, 2020

Pigment print, 18” x 24”

an image of a building behind a tree

The Starland Has Fleas, 2020

Pigment print, 18” x 24”