I went into the attic to look for photographic possibilities and instead encountered myself - in the shadows and in the marks on the walls, and, eventually, baring what needed to be seen.
Some two decades after I’d first seen an image of a woman with a scar where one of her breasts had once been (Matuschka’s Beauty Out of Damage), I stood in front of my own lens. But not to capture a female body missing one of its parts, but rather, to see my own body, my own self, as it hadalways been.
As photographer Elinor Carucci writes: "Sometimes the photographs came before I could articulate what it was that triggered them, giving form to some unformed feeling. More than that, the camera sometimes dares to say what I dare not think."
The opening is tonight from 6 to 9 p.m., and the show runs until May 19th.
Thank you to Jeannie and Jodi and the team at Toronto Image Works for the care they took in getting this very personal work ready to be shown, and to curator Claudette Abrams and a few trusted friends for encouraging me to share them -- and to let the images speak for themselves.
I am honoured to have two pieces and an audio interview in Being Scene, launching next week at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto. The images are from a Holga series in progress called "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark," explorinng depression, anxiety and SAD.
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 17 | 5 - 8 pm
Duration: September 16 - October 15, 2015 | 12 - 5 pm daily
Venue: Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
BEING SCENE is an annual juried exhibition produced by Workman Arts for the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) presenting a cross-cultural portrait of the healing power of art in order to build a more respectful and realistic understanding of those recovering from mental illness and addiction.
Over the past fifteen years, BEING SCENE has partnered with some of the city’s leading artistic and cultural figures. Among those who have been instrumental in helping BEING SCENE grow into its incredible success are the late artist and educator Lupe Rodriguez, Gillian McIntyre of the AGO, Mary Sue Rankin of the Edward Day Gallery, David Liss of MOCCA, Anna Hudson of Canadian Art. As a result, BEING SCENE has evolved to occupy a significant role in Toronto’s cultural landscape, and work originally exhibited primarily on CAMH grounds has gone on to hang at other venues such as the Lieutenant Governor’s Suite at Queen’s Park in Toronto, and the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.
2015 Jurors: Steven Lewis, David Liss, Adelina Vlas
In celebration of the 15th anniversary of Being Scene, Workman Arts member Catherine Jones conducted audio interviews with 27 artists regarding their artworks selected for this exhibition and their arts practices. Listen to all 27 interviews by visiting www.audioboom.com/WorkmanArts
I'm excited to announce that three images of mine have been selected to appear in the April 23 public showcase for The Darkroom 4.0 at Gallery 918 at 918 Bathurst in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Two are black-and-white explorations from my upcoming series "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" and the other is an unexpected colour split-frame produced during the "Collisions and Borders" residency held last fall by Gallery 44 at Artscape Gilbraltor Point on Toronto Island. All were made with a Holga.
The Darkroom 4.0 is a juried exhibition that showcases the many processes of analog and alternative process photography. It consists of two parts, the first being a public showcase and celebration of all accepted submissions on April 23 where the jury and voting public will select the pieces that will be shown during the official CONTACT Photography Festival exhibition from May 8 to 29, 2015.