I photographically illustrate the literal and figurative language of idioms - a set of words that can have more than one meaning behind them. The photographs are born out of literary curiosity and romantic vision. For me, the process begins with a collection of elements and disassembled images, which I re-purpose into a visual narrative. There’s no road map to what I do other than a passion to interact with photographic elements I have collected over time.
Though each image represents a singular message, viewed together they offer the viewer the opportunity to ponder a larger narrative.
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It's 2 am and I'm staring at the ceiling fan again. I'm tired. I'm anxious and I have to get up at 7 am. As with most nights when I am having a bout of insomnia, I panic as the day turns to night and night brings on the morning with little to no sleep. My insomnia journey became heightened with increased stress in my life from family illnesses and the death of my father. I have battled periods of sleep deprivation since high school. During these phases I only get a few hours of sleep a night.
Nocturnal is an ongoing series reflecting my struggle with insomnia and sleeplessness documenting images I create during early morning periods of wakefulness.
Rebecca Sexton Larson is a Tampa based studio artist working with various photographic processes. She graduated from the University of South Florida with a degree in Fine Arts and a degree in Mass Communications. She was awarded Florida Individual Artist Fellowships in 1998, 2002, and 2008. In 2006, she received an Artist Enhancement Grant from the State of Florida and, in 2005, was commissioned by the City of Tampa to be Photographer Laureate for a year. Recently, Sexton Larson received a grant from the State of Florida to attend the recognized Creative Capital Professional Development Program that supports innovative artists across the country through funding, counsel and career development services.
During the past 20 years, Sexton Larson has taught, curated, lectured and exhibited work internationally at various arts institutions and organizations. Sexton Larson's photographs are in numerous major collections throughout the country, including: Polaroid, Progressive Corporate Art, Graham Nash (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young), Holland and Knight Law Firm, Polk Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts St. Pete, the Tampa Museum of Art, Palace of the Governors, New Mexico Historical Museum and Candela Gallery, Richmond, VA.
Larson’s photographs have been featured in photographic periodicals including View Camera Magazine, Black and White Magazine, Silversshotz, Adore Noir Magazine, Afterimage, Diffusion and others.
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