Relatability Is Not a Substitute for Solidarity
Plastered is a single edition composite photography series capturing (shiny) bits and (bright) pieces of women's lives as they find themselves plastered against the literal and metaphorical wall.
Seeped in bejeweled colors, these photographs lean into the obvious but it is important to be reminded that relatability to women's plight does not amount to solidarity. To simply acknowledging a problem doesn't necessarily begin to fix it; it is possible to be both broader in one's perspective and still complicit in its lack of resolution.
To this end, the deliberately statuesque nature of the women jumping from one photograph to the next speaks to their right to preserve an authentic sense of their lives as mothers, witches, adulteresses, loving beings, challenging creatures, self-accepting, self-loathing, searching for fathers, grappling with gender, anxious, curious, most of all, unwilling to diminish themselves in order to fit into the strict confines of society's definition of a woman as a voiceless, innocent, fragile, traditional and non-threatening presence.
- Visual Influences
Didier Massard - his work is considered magical realism rather than photography thanks to the ethereal lighting and romantic sense of illusion they have resulting in a meticulous and slow-paced rhythm to complete "an inner imaginary journey".
John William Godward - working in the Neoclassical style, his figures are a combination of many different colors and textures all captured in flawless fashion.