Fine Artist

COMPARTMENTS THAT WE KEEP

Through a series of personal interviews, “Compartments That We Keep” illustrates an intimate look into that which individuals have compartmentalized and bottled up. “Still life profoundly pretends, but only pretends, that it is absolute unreality is the simulacrum of real presence.”[1] These photographic tableaus are a representation of an intimate interview regarding an event and person who shared, but it is only a fraction of the story.

[1] Berger, Harry. Caterpillage, 2011, P.5

Fear Devours

Fear Devours

Secrets to Protect

Secrets to Protect

Life is a Minefield

Life is a Minefield

Preoccupation

Preoccupation

Ambivalent Procreativity

Ambivalent Procreativity

Veiled Restraint

Veiled Restraint

Sticky is the Word

Sticky is the Word

Cataclysm

Cataclysm

Material Reflex

Material Reflex

Anger Rouge

Anger Rouge

Profound Loss

Profound Loss

36 in 4 3 in 29

36 in 4 3 in 29

SOME THINGS CAN'T BE UNSAID

"Some Things Can’t Be Unsaid" originated from a time when someone close to me said something hurtful. They probably didn't realize the weight of their words on me. "Nothing's going to hurt you the way that words do, when they settle (be)neath your skin."[1] A lyric from the singer Sara Barielles' "Brave" resonated with me.

I wanted to explore how women use make-up as masks. Showing how the use of makeup can act as a mediator between themselves and the world. If a woman is having a bad day she can put on a "brave face". The idea being if someone says something hurtful; as a woman, you can cover it up, bury it and keep moving forward.

I reached out via  Facebook asking women to share with me something that someone had said to them that hurt them in one way or another. I then had those sayings written on my by Graphic Designer Genna Cowsert. She wrote them on my face neck and chest. I then showed how we cover those things up with make-up and clothes. I removed all of the makeup, and hand letterings using a white washcloth to show the many layers. Using the process of removal being a cathartic process in the purging of those hurtful things.

Inspiration 
Stefan Sagmeister, AIGA Poster for Cranbrook
http://www.sagmeisterwalsh.com/work/project/sagmeister-aiga-detroit/
Gerlovin & Gerlovina, Photoglyphs, http://www.gerlovin.com/photoglyphs.html  

[1] Sara Barielles- Brave Official Video, http://youtu.be/QUQsqBqxoR4