STATEMENT: Social media is a mixed blessing. It allows us to connect to friends from the past and to make new ones who have common interests. However, it brings a share of heartburn as well. Hot on the heels of a rejection, we learn friends have had success at the same endeavor. We want to celebrate for them, but we are in the midst of a bout of self-doubt, self-flagellation, self-pity. Social media sometimes exacerbates these wounds, as we may learn of our failure only by seeing a friend’s celebration. This work addresses those warring emotions within human nature.
PROCESS: Beginning with a specific idea, I photograph myself (and the other elements needed.) Although I currently shoot only using a collection of different iPhone models, I frequently modify them with alternative and handmade lens combinations. I utilize those specifically for the look and feel they lend to my photographs. Using my iPad, I composite these shots together, then heavily manipulate the image to further develop the message.
PRESENTATION: Each work is cut to full bleed and framed in a black wood frame
MATERIALS: Original photographs, Epson Surecolor P800 pigment ink, Hahnemuhle PhotoRag Ultrasmooth paper, black wood frame, acrylic or glass glazing
DIMENSIONS: Unframed - 16”w x 20”h; Framed - 17”w x 21”h x 1”d
EXHIBITIONS: Works from this series have been included in the following exhibitions and venues
38th Annual Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce Commitment to Excellence, Honolulu Museum of Art
3rd Annual Group Show, Davis Orton Gallery
COLLECTIONS: Socially Speaking: Hat is in the permanent public collection of Hawaii State Foundation for Culture and the Arts (acquired - 2016)
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