The Almost Reality exhibition at DVAC will include twelve images from my shades series.
I layer imagine upon imagine, skin on top of a portrait, lace below an x-ray, toys with old age, a variety of faces. I layer photographs I have taken, ones I have found, handwritten notes and medical diagrams. I layer to reflect how human identity is a composite of stories, memories, information, physical sensations, as well as the mechanisms that make one human.
I adhere whisper thin sheets of paper together until they are inseparable. I adhere to create images with a three-dimensional depth as one layer is seen through another and another. I adhere because we are amalgamation, complex and nuanced our identity includes the physical, spiritual, past and present – one part cannot be removed from the rest.
I contrast, male and female, beauty and horror, skin and bone, childhood and senility. I contrast to reflect the richness of the human experience and our dualities. I contrast front and back to let the curious viewer see more, to express how we always are more than what the eye first sees.
I cut with small sharp scissors, shaping these images into the profile silhouette of one of my models. I cut to reference the work back to the body, to point to the commonality of the human form, as the vessel we each temporarily have to hold our own stories.