Faigie Tanner's exhibition, Flatware: Beyond the Familiar, began serendipitously one summer morning while she was unloading her dishwasher. It happened when the early morning sunlight that streamed through the clusters of flatware interrupted this mindless task and caught her attention.
She was intrigued by the light reflecting off the metal surfaces of the cutlery and how it transformed a familiar setting into the unfamiliar. Her traditional perceptions of the utensils were altered as she followed the movement of the light around their forms. According to Tanner, "It seemed as if the flatware had acquired different guises. I began to visualize them as players in different scenarios."
This initial experience became a springboard for her photographic exploration and encouraged her to step into new territory.