Clarissa Bonet & Natalie Krick discuss their piece "Palm Perplexity"

For our current exhibition "Photography & _____," Clarissa Bonet and Natalie Krick collaborated cross the country to create their dynamic piece "Palm Perplexity, 2020." Over the past few months, they have passed photographs back and forth, between Seattle and Chicago, altering the images with each exchange. 

The two artists met while studying photograpphy at Columbia College in Chicago, and have always wanted to work together to create new work. Their collaboration was influenced by their long conversations about the function and perception of photography and their shared frustrations surrounding the historical canon of the medium. For them, the click of the shutter is absolutely equal to and inseparable from any physical cutting, collaging, and digital manipulation. Bonet and Krick are drawn to the flattened image, which merges their own distinct visual voices while challenging the viewer to consider what they are looking at.


Clarissa Bonet is an artist based in Chicago whose work explores issues of the urban space in both a physical and psychological context. She holds an MFA in Photography from Columbia College Chicago and a BS in Photography from the University of Central Florida. Bonet’s work has been exhibited at the Bauhaus Archive in Berlin, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, Aperture Foundation, Magenta Foundation, and Catherine Edelman Gallery. Her work has been published in The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, CNN Photo, Chicago Magazine, Juxtapoz, Aint-Bad, and many other publications. Bonet’s photographs are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Contemporary Photography, University of Michigan Museum of Art, Southeast Museum of Photography, and more.

Natalie Krick holds a BFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts and an MFA in Photography from Columbia College Chicago. Her work has recently been exhibited at SF Camerawork, The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Aperture Foundation and Blue Sky Gallery. Her photographs have been highlighted in several international publications including BOMB, Vogue Italia, The New Yorker, PDN, Aperture, and Vrij Nederland. She was awared the Aperture Portfolio Prize in 2017 and was a recipient of an Individual Photographer's Fellowship from the Aaron Siskin Foundation in 2015. Natural Deceptions, her first book, was published in Skylark Editions in the Fall of 2017.

View more work by Clarissa Bonet.

Palm Perplexity, 2020 © Clarissa Bonet / Natalie Krick

Glimpse, 2019 © Clarissa Bonet