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Spring 2020





Artist Statement:


   My photographs portray states of becoming and un-becoming with respect to identity. The aim of this project is to soften the rigid structures we impose on ourselves that prevent growth and openness to change - to convey that identity is a state of flux rather than a fixed mode of being. As I emerged from a paralyzing stint of anxiety in which I felt identity-less, I turned to self-portraiture to enact what I sought in real life within the stage of the photograph. By confronting this resulting collection of photos, I am able to relive a cycle of rest and immaterial transformation -- a reminder that there is no single, permanent self.
    Self-portraiture comes with two repercussions; first is the threat of being called a narcissist, and second is the contingency of what type of body is being represented. This comes with pre-scripted connotations based on age, race, gender, and other visual factors. While taking these photos, I had to accept several of these issues, but I also tried to surpass a few of them by denying the viewer the image of my face, a sexualized view of my body, or -- in some cases -- a clear understanding of the body at all, in order to offer up these images to others as a depersonalized mirror for self-reflection.
 













Echo I, Vandyke brown print, 5.6x6.9cm print on 8x10in watercolor paper
Untitled, Vandyke brown print, 5.6x6.9cm print on 8x10in watercolor paper
Echo II, Vandyke brown print, 5.6x6.9cm print on 8x10in watercolor paper
Untitled, Vandyke brown print, 5.6x6.9cm print on 8x10in watercolor paper




Untitled, Vandyke brown print, 5.6x6.9cm print on 8x10in watercolor paper
Untitled, Vandyke brown print, 5.6x6.9cm print on 8x10in watercolor paper
Moment of Sublimation, Vandyke brown print, 5.6x6.9cm print on 8x10in watercolor paper
Untitled, Vandyke brown print, 5.6x6.9cm print on 8x10in watercolor paper





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