EMILY GITELMAN

Statement

I just updated my tumblr with a new page dedicated to my artist’s statement. It took some hard work and a little soul searching, but I’m really happy with where I’m at.

The feminine, the mysterious, and the emotional are the themes viewed through the lens of innocently envious scopophilia in my photographs. This stems from the near-universal female sentiment of being envious of another woman’s beauty. For many women, it doesn’t matter how beautiful we may be; it’s easy to feel we aren’t as attractive as someone else. My work explores my own personal insecurities. I choose the attractive model, I position them as I see fit, but their faces are often obscured. The model is a proxy. Capturing a model’s beauty in a photograph is a way to make that exquisiteness belong to me too. I invite the viewer to join me in the “jealous gaze”—to look at other women in a way that we know is aimless and detrimental.

Inspired by the Romantics, the viewer is not meant to pull content out of the work, but to pour content into it. There is no inherent message, but an invitation to look, feel, and to extrapolate. Muted earthy colors and tight framing convey a false intimacy. Layered abstract and subdued textures add to the mystery of each photograph. The women are lovely and otherworldly. They seem unattainable in every sense of the word.

Self-Portrait 
2010

Self-Portrait 


2010

Untitled (Nude with Flowers in Her Hair)
2011

Untitled (Nude with Flowers in Her Hair)

2011

It was sink or swim. I swam for a while, and then got pulled into the rip current. After an entire year away from the water, I’m ready to get my toes wet again.

Charlotte in Spring
2011

Charlotte in Spring

2011

The Seal Wife
From The Seal Wife series.
2011

The Seal Wife

From The Seal Wife series.

2011

Selkie
From The Seal Wife series.
2011

Selkie

From The Seal Wife series.

2011

Lone Ballerina
From the Joffery Ballet series
2011

Lone Ballerina

From the Joffery Ballet series

2011

Taking Turns
From the Joffery Ballet series.
2011

Taking Turns

From the Joffery Ballet series.

2011

Line Up
From the Joffery Ballet series.
2011

Line Up

From the Joffery Ballet series.

2011