staged photography, mise en scéne, tableaux vivant, coneptual photography
ABOUT THE WORK
Material: photograph on fine art rag cotton paper
This self-portrait is a nod to one of my favorite works by James McNeil Whistler, Arrangement in Grey and Black... Read More
This self-portrait is a nod to one of my favorite works by James McNeil Whistler, Arrangement in Grey and Black No 1, or most commonly called Whistler’s Mother. Although completely different, I am inspired by his use of shape and repetition of shape. Though much more colorful than his modulation of grey to black, my main objective was the repetition of the shape of both the triangle and rectangle. The use of color is first and foremost prevalent in the red dress and handkerchief in my hair, then echoed and complimented in the apple and red flowers in the wallpaper in the background.
This entire concept was to feature my beloved Wiggle-bum, the goat in one of my portraits, but to emphasize the destruction of succumbing to temptation, producing instant gratifications that have long term side effects. Focusing on the concepts of lust through symbolism of the apple from the story of Adam Eve given back to the goat, the Baphomet, representation of the Devil.
The Devil is the greatest salesman, always working overtime, seducing you, with an illusion of something better and easier to achieve with devastating results. Lust consequentially leaves you empty handed, disconnected and bitter. Turning away from it is your best offense in creating a life of fulfillment and joy and becoming and staying connected to self.