My work utilizes found amateur photography as well as my own family photographs as reference. The found photographs I collect have been discarded or left behind, while the photographs of my relatives and distant family are from a time unknown to myself. They both bear similar archaic qualities or obscured histories. These photographs themselves are objects of my exploration. By translating them into the mediums of drawing or painting an echo is created that asks for pause. My work hints at the visual commonalities of how we record and interpret our histories through photography. And through this shallow lens of recognizable fragments within a much broader unknown the line between intimacy and anonymity is blurred and a sense of familiarity can be found in the foreign.


Jon Bout received his BA in Studio Art and Art Education from Humboldt State University. He currently lives and works in Eureka, California.