Images inspired by music and born to physical form.
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"Heroes” is a collection of eight self-portrait photographs drawn from my curiosity and respect for human endurance - the capacity to bear unimaginable hardship and emerge whole, void, or not at all. How and why the people that experience these hardships give up, emerge to be able to enjoy life again, or merely continue to exist, unable to step to either side. I am interested in the journey of the soul under unbearable weight, and why it ends where it does.
In this work, I have experimented with various objects such as volcanic ash, bones, clay, plants, coyote skulls, and porcupine needles, as metaphors to tell a visual narrative in hopes that the viewer lingers awhile, questioning the meaning of the elements and why they are placed in the manner they appear. By merging the reality of despair with the surreal realm of fantasy, these photographs are depictions of the longing to awake and find it all a dream.
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Hic Sunt Dracones
Hic Sunt Dracones is a collection of 14 photographs combined as a photographic novella; the portrayal of a failed relationship photographed as staged scenes in the transformed rooms of an old house. These photographs are drawn from my own experiences and memories - fragments of memories that pierce like blinding sun through window blinds.
I am curious about how couples love one another, hate one another, and how their love decays. With this series, I explore and photograph thoughts and passions and transform them into a visual portrayal of inner emotions with a look to sculptural quality illustrations, Chris Van Allsburg’s surrealistic drawings, and extreme perspective. Heavily symbolic, and at times brutally foreboding, each scene a fleeting fantasy frozen in time or a wounding recollection.
In sequential pieces, each image holds its own story; like forgotten pictures found in an attic. Collectively, they encompass a novella told in still photographs –conflict, climax, and resolution. A third person narrative of the birth and death of a marriage.
Using my camera and only natural light, I create constructed scene novellas told in still photographs, utilizing myself or a model engaged with heavily symbolic objects. As a conceptual photographer, I am motivated by themes of femininity, personal turmoil, relationships, and the complexity of the human spirit. Drawing inspiration from my own life experiences as well as those around me, I attempt to infuse my work with anguish that clings to strength. I seek the fulfillment that comes from exploring and photographing human emotion and turning that into something physical. My narrative portraits often represent and fictionalize personal situations with the domestic landscape serving as a backdrop, using painterly aesthetics along themes of intimacy, relationships and loss. I examine human nature and its difficulties within the world we live in; anxieties, dreads, anguishes, and everything which forms us as the human beings we are.
Angie Rucker is a conceptual image photographer living in Westerville, Ohio. She received her BA from Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts and has participated in juried and group exhibitions at institutions including The Southeast Center for Photography, The Photoplace Gallery, The Amblewood Gallery, ASmith Gallery, The Beard Gallery, and The Academy of Fine Arts. Some of her recognitions include The Director’s Award for the Juried Exhibit “Flight” at the Photoplace Gallery and 1st Place at Saville Gallery’s National Juried Photographic Exhibition.
Rucker’s series of narrative portraits often represent and fictionalize personal situations. In her new series, Hic Sunt Dracones, the domestic landscape serves as a backdrop, using cinematic drama and illustrative aesthetics along themes of intimacy, relationships and loss.
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