*This statement is not related to all pictures* This body of work is not only about personal experiences and interactions of other people and myself, but about a reflection of the past, and a cathartic process. The viewer is put into a voyeuristic position by looking into my memories and private moments. This creates a tension between the audience and the photographs. Initially my thought process in my photographs was that the camera would become a part of me and indiscriminately record every detail of the emotional aspects in my life. In reality, a camera is not able to do this. It can only capture moments in time, which in turn offers the audience glimpses of my life. These glimpses depend on both the technical aspect such as the angle of view, film, depth of field, which are all decisions of the photographer. I am trying to show that photographs aren’t simply traces of time or even an objective imitation or copy of something; they are objects that are produced from a particular view point whether it is ethical, judgmental, or even spatial. My work develops a relationship between the author and the viewer. I control everything they see and I’m allowing them to enter my world, which references the whole notion of the audience being able to perceive my subjective view. Carrie May Weems is an important influence in my work. My DuaL/DueL series is based on her mirror mirror image. On the connotative level, it suggests the work is dealing with self esteem issues.It also denotes different personalities one may be conflicted with or a self reflection of ones identities. I also want the viewer to recognize that this work is a confessional piece just like Tracey Emin’s art. It symbolizes the confusion between life and art. It also exemplifies and expresses the accumulation of a self destructive personality in my own life. I want to show the audience that although medication and psychiatrists help, at the end of the day you face yourself alone; this includes anxiety, distorted thoughts and inappropriate urges to self destruct. The phrases posit an opposition between the pronouns “You” and “I”, which are intended to act in the same way as Barbara Kruger’s layered images. This allows the viewer to relate to the quotes, be confronted with an attack of words, or even just ignore the work itself. Either way, the viewer is forced to respond to this piece.
Biography: Undergraduate Education University of Ottawa, Ottawa Canada Bachelor of Fine Arts • Major: Visual Arts • Concentration: Psychology Certificate in Graphic Design Corcoran School of Art and Design Related course work: Personal development, interpersonal relationships, art history, modern art history, contemporary art history, art and theory, painting studio, photography studio, and an internship. September 2002- May 2007 High School Education Washington International School, Washington D.C. September 1985- November 2000 Thornton Friends School, Alexandria Virginia High School Diploma December 2000- June 2001 Personal Information Date of Birth: October 1st 1983 Place of Birth: Washington D.C. Citizenship: United States Sex: Female Skills/Abilities Interpersonal Relationship Skills Adobe Photoshop CS2 and CS3 Microsoft Office Skills Black and White 35mm and Digital Photography Languages English - Native Language French - Speak fluently and read/write with high proficiency Group Exhibitions 2001 April, Mercury Lounge, Ottawa Ontario 2005 November, Mercury Lounge Silent Auction, Ottawa Ontario 2006 March, Gallery 115, Ottawa University, Ottawa Ontario 2006 April, Conception, Ottawa Ontario 2007 November, Open, Corocoran School of Art and Design
Country: United States
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