WORKS | SEEKING ELYSIUM
WORK IN PROGRESS : Seeking Elysium
Seeking Elysium is a collaboration with my two daughters whom are on the cusp of adolescence. As they begin to walk down the road to womanhood, our conversations have taken that unique turn into the world beyond our walls. Together, we have ventured to explore the issues that will face them in their lifetime. These images are sometimes blurred and foreboding in an effort to capture the emotion too many must face as we take on the challenges faced by young women still today. Utilizing the myths and stories of the Greek goddesses Persephone and Artemis, we have begun to piece together a tale that shows both these mighty girls in their power to both help humanity and their personal struggles to find their own place within the lives they have found themselves. The duality of power and helplessness resonates with all women today as we seek to rise above the centuries of a patriarchal culture, this collaboration works to empower us as we discuss, explore and tell the stories of ourselves and the women whose voice are still silent.
The current images show a dissection found in my girls personalities as well. Mia, as Persephone, is the more empathetic and reflective of the girls. Her issues often deal with her ability to recognize and seek ways to help and understand others. Lily, as Artemis, is more concerned with nature and magic. Her interests fall into the genre of conservation and the divinity of the natural world that surrounds us.
If you click on the thumbnails, you can see larger images with captions.
Beginnings - Innocence, purity, nature - often traits we associate with youth and the female gender
quest - new and improved in all new Technicolor! I have this image arriving on metal tomorrow for a show in November. Hope they don't get mad its in color now. I do like how this one is working and I feel this is how the adventure begins. The idea was to explore resources and their use and exploitation, we've deviated a bit but I feel we will get back to that eventually.
sorcery - preparing the vessel. I think the vessel will work as an ongoing piece to capture and distribute life, throughout both sequences. I do hope to unite the girls at some point in their journeys.
I'm not sure how this image fits in but I wanted to get feedback.
Seeking - The gaze in this image is such a mix of emotions I can't quite explain. She is leading the viewer towards the future. I think the color needs a little more tweaking, its not where I want it yet.
Vigil - She is waiting and preparing, we have become so impatient in our lives that we often miss the times in between.
gathering. - We are headed out this morning to shoot at a big game processing facility. More "gathering" I'm hoping those shots won't be to great a departure, but we'll see what we get.
the vessel. at some point the vessel will get broken, either accidentally or on purpose, therefore making the gathering and distribution of life a challenge.
isolation - Persephone gets to deal with the darkness we carry inside (although here she guards her light) as young women, we are so objectified, waiting for approval and shown limited paths. Persephone prepares to make her own choices.
blessing - I just love this image (and I had to pay a pretty penny to make it) I'm hoping it doesn't stand out too much. I do think it works in the theme of approval, and seeking adoration.
escape - this triptych is a setback of mental health. My family has a long a shattered history of depression (I've had uncles on both side commit suicide) The image on the right needs some major post-production love, hope to get to that soon.
ascendancy - (until a better title finds us) where Persephone takes control of her situation, decides to no longer be a victim
propagation - I keep hearing the Tears for Fears song "sowing the seeds of love" when I look at this duo, but it makes me think of how individuals with so little can begin amazing things, this is where Persephone's journey begins.
forsaken - Its funny to me because Mia looks so much older here even though its only been a few months. These are our wedding shots, we both just read a book about young women in Afghanistan who were forced to marry as young as 12 or 13. WE wanted to make an image that responded more to how this happens in the US in rural fundamentalist communities.
LOVE the ND filter!