Artist statement for Colors of Women Art show
As someone that would be uncomfortable being photographed nude, I have found it incredibly odd that I love photographing others without clothes. Many of the women who modeled reported the sessions as “freeing and Healing,” I think I find them that way as well. I admire the courage it required it took for these women to allow themselves to be recorded with my camera and how beautifully all of them worked together to create these images. In this series there are no professional models. Almost everyone was slightly nervous and a little uncomfortable in the beginning and, truthfully, I felt that way a bit too. Being a women, I felt a special connection with my models as we worked together to find movements and positions that show a harmonious feminine perspective with the body as art rather than object.. A feminine perspective that we found together thru trust.
Influences — I love Renaissance and Baroque Italian sculpture. The works of Bernini and Canova especially intrigue me with their strong use of balance, form, and softness of flesh that was so important in portraying the gods and goddess as beings of immortal perfection. This idea of perfection and balance motivates me to work in a more formal manner with the body and to find perfection in mortal bodies of all types.
I also enjoy working with men and and men and women together. There is something unique about working with women though that I especially Love. A special sense of sisterhood? Trust? of Love? It’s hard to describe the feeling. But I think that’s O.K. My desire is that the images convey what I am meaning to say better than words ever could.
I am especially motivated to continue the series “The Colors of Women".
Equality for all is an important political and social cause that resonates strongly in my being.