How does one experience loss? What does loss look like?
Catastrophic losses usually have a face; think war photos, photos from the World Trade Center, crashes of various sorts but I am interested in personal loss.
I have always been interested in alternate states of reality, the meaning of dreams, what becomes of our spirits after death (and before birth). We all deal with "loss" in some form, loss of friends, home, youth, and the ultimate loss, loss of life. Death transforms us; reality shifts, but to what?
I am intrigued with how a person adapts to losses in their lives; how they are absorbed by events and changed; how they experience loss. Do dreams influence the experience of loss? Are dreams real? I set about to address these issues through a photographic photosynthesis in this body of work; choosing photography as the medium to help me reveal reality while at the same time transform that reality to reflect loss.
In these images, I have placed my husband (Michael) in various environments where a loss of some sort has recently occurred. Some of the losses were very specific and personal and some were of a general, universal nature reflected in an inner state of anguish and eventual acceptance.
Transplanting Reality; Disturbing the Spirits
Trees teach us about belonging; they remind us that life doesn't need permission to prevail. Trees are sanctuaries. If we listen closely, we can learn the ancient law of life. They are seen as powerful symbols of growth, decay and resurrection.
They have played a prominent role in many folktales and legends and have been given deep and sacred meanings.
But, a tree's longevity can lull us into a false sense of immortality.
It is this very impermanence that I long to understand through my photographic explorations. There is an ineffable natural beauty…. too great to be expressed or described in words
In this series I am using imagery to convey my "feelings" about the state of nature, the nature of trees, and how to express their connection to past, present and future. By obscuring a portion of the image through a veil, I strive to heighten the remaining reality through discovery and reflection.
I create art by altering/manipulating photos I took of staged assemblages of subjects, objects and landscapes.
My images are reconstructed on the computer and are both true and false…. There is an ambiguity that allows the viewer space to project their own imaginings and meaning to my images.
My handiwork is readily apparent: something was synthesized, staged, constructed or performed.
I am not a photographer per se, but an artist who deploys photography in my creative process.
I am actively involved in creating two-dimensional imagery using my computer and photography software. I stage assemblages of a variety of subjects or objects, either man-made or of a natural nature. I take digital photographs of these set-ups then using my computer, I layer, re-color, and manipulate to visualize and strengthen my concept.
Working digitally with my computer allows me to see in new ways; it allows me to be surprised by the outcome and the possibilities.
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