I’ve always wanted to travel and had hoped photography would bring me to far away places. I also knew that some of the most powerful work comes from artists who can observe what they know best - their home and immediate surroundings. An honest gaze on my own situation certainly seemed like a risk.
Comfortable at home, I also yearn to experience the broader world. At times, I feel lonely and isolated, and seek comfort in art, literature, and in my imagination.
The black and white photographs move beyond realism and toward abstraction, linking concrete objects to imaginary ones. The light represents my desire to break free from the shadows I find myself in.
Questions arise. Am I happy in my relationship? And what constitutes true happiness? Have I gotten complacent? Do I have enough time left in my life to reinvent myself?
Given that our time on this earth is limited, what do I want to do with that time? This work contemplates the fear of the unknown. It’s about finding the courage to break through and follow the light.
Tsar Fedorsky is an art photographer and Guggenheim Fellow whose work has been exhibited nationally and published worldwide. She was awarded an Artist Fellowship Grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council in 2015, and was a Critical Mass Finalist in 2015 and 2017. Her first book The Light Under the Door was published in August 2017 by Peperoni Books. Work from this series has been included in the Photographic Resource Center Exposure 2016 group show, the Garner Center at New England School of Photography, the Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography’s online “NEW DIRECTIONS” gallery, and the Eli Marsh Gallery at Amherst College. Tsar continues to work on personal narrative projects, including her most recent series Long Way Home. The artist earned a M.F.A. from the Hartford Art School where she was the first recipient of the Mary Frey Photo Book Award and a B.A. in history from Amherst College.
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