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TRANSCENDENCE

Transcendence, defined as, existence or experience beyond the normal or physical level.

   In this body of work, the artist creates a photographic series that explores ideas of transcendence and beauty in the modern world. Women portray beauty, tenderness, and grace, but by no means do these ideas of softness encompass women’s full potential. The artist brings to light the difference between the obsolete ideas associated with women and the ideas of what an authentic woman encompasses. In order to do so, she portrays the subject, a young woman, as floating in mid-air in front of an abandoned building. The subject’s youth, beauty, and movement are brought to the viewers’ attention by the comparison made with the dark, neglected background. Her position and appearance of floating allude to the idea of rising above the hindering and outdated ideas of a woman as symbolized by the dark, abandoned scene. Thus, the subject morphs into a goddess-like figure transcending above the stereotypes and showing the world how powerful a woman is.

   Using Photoshop techniques, the artist removed any trace of props used to elevate the model, thus giving the impression that the subject levitates or floats. Portraiture in the series focus on the elegant power that women hold, thus contributing to the idea that women are much more than gentle. The artist chose to present some image in color and some in black in white in order to best convey the most power and strength. In the final image in the series, the artist uses simplistic ascetics in order to leave the viewer with the feeling of release that the women finds once reaching a state of empowerment and the ability to exist beyond the normal or physical level, a state of transcendence.

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Digital Imaging

Images have been created by altering the artist's photographs via the use of Adobe Photoshop. 

 

 

 

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"Experience of movement"

Images shot with a combination of 4x5 and 35mm color negative film.
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"This is your brain on Nature"

Images made with 4x5 large format color film.

"We evolved in nature. It’s strange we’d be so disconnected.” Yet each year the average amount of time a person spends outside decreases while the chronic screen addiction prevails. As a result, we witness a worldwide increase in the number of people with obesity, depression, and nearsightedness. Research shows an easy and natural fix for this. Looking at natural elements like sunsets, streams, trees, or flowers, gives one a gentle and soft focus which allows for a more reflective state. In this state of nature-connectedness one can rest and recover, and in turn see an increase in mood, cognition, vitality, and life satisfaction.

This series of work explores the relationship between human connection and nature and the idea presented by the ancient proverb, “Shin to bul ee—Body and soil are one.”  The artist sets up a glass cube with printed images of landscapes-sunsets, oceans, and mountains- wallpapering the cube’s surface area. Grass and plant materials fill the inside of the cube, and above the object leaves and branches float suspended in the air canopying the structure. The bright blue background mimics the blues of a sky.

The artist choose to contain the setup inside of a glass cube, for the cube reminds the viewer of the technology-the flat screens, the computers, the distracting screens that distance ourselves from our natural roots. Landscape photographs, taken by the artist, cover the walls of the cube. The colors in the images give the viewer a calming feel that mimics what nature. Similarly, the grass and plant materials filling the cube remind the viewer of experiences they have had with plants and nature. Consequently, giving the viewer a placid and content feel that stirs up a longing for their memories in nature. Although these memories do not feel care free, for the cube-representing our generation’s strongest inhibitor- makes the viewer feel the generation’s struggle.

The artist shot the images from different angles in order to give the viewer different feels. The straight up view is most confrontational, while the above view makes the viewer feel most connected to nature and the double exposed image gives off the strongest sense of dreaminess and longing for the simplicity and happiness presented by nature. 

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Expression:

To capture what makes us feel alive, grounded and grateful. 
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Color Film

images shot on 35 mm color negative film

 
 
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