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.