mise se scéne, staged photography, tableaux vivant, conceptual photography
ABOUT THE WORK
Material: photograph on fine art rag cotton paper,Paper
This image was inspired by Henri Mattise’s paintings of women with vibrant, colorful, contrasting patterns against each other. Here I... Read More
This image was inspired by Henri Mattise’s paintings of women with vibrant, colorful, contrasting patterns against each other. Here I have an array of my foul displayed in an organized fashion on brightly painted red shelves on either side of me. With my stern stiff pose, I also become more of a display than a lively woman. The chicken escaping in the foreground and the kitten looking up at the duck and chickens are a reminder of my inability to wrangle the mass chaos that surrounds my life and the concept of this well-organized state about to come unglued.
The necessity of this image is to highlight this distinct quality as a part of my authentic self. We all have undesirable characteristics that are a discernable part of our identity. To deny one’s antagonistic traits is to reject one’s self. Instead, I chose to honor these flaws to portray the beauty and pleasure they geniuinely contribute to my life, with the hopes that others will see and acknowledge their own shortcomings as unfeigned selfhood.