This series, Fragile Chaos, symbolizes life, death, fragility, vulnerability, and how the present becomes the past. I see Life and death as intertwined and connected. I didn’t want to portray death in a dark way. Instead, I wanted to elevate it and make it beautiful. I wanted to have the subject matter to be precious and delicate while portraying this concept. Coming from a religious background, I don’t see death despairingly. Most of my work has a little hint of these things in the photographs.
Friday, January 13, 2012
My current direction is in fine art conceptual photography. I am transitioning between color and black and white, but have a love for both and what each of them has to offer. I have been photographing my Grandmother and her interior life for the past couple of years. I felt this necessity to preserve her and her possessions. I was interested in how she was going to be gone someday and all that would be left would be her things. There is also a permanence that is lacking, and I wanted to show that in my photographs. Nothing is permanent.
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Thursday, December 15, 2011
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
In the series, The Cusp of Reality, my Grandmother’s memories are recreated into dreamlike realities. These reenactments identify fertility, femininity, beauty, and how they are lost with age. As my Grandmother tried on some high-heeled shoes that she had not worn in several decades, her bad knees and long toenails made it impossible for her to walk in shoes that had once been a part of her life and identity.
These scenes were recreated to have a dreamlike cross between reality and imagination. When my Grandmother remembers her virgin wedding night, she is in her older body inhibiting the space forcing her to face those feelings of anxiety and fear once again.
These memories represent universal moments in people lives such as fear, joy, pain, and happiness. All we truly have are our memories, which we recreate in our minds into our own realities.
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