I have finally had the opportunity to sum up this semester in three photographs. I have been struggling through this idea of trash. I began with a very romantic eye, to a more alternative eye, to a clinical eye, to a critical eye.
It began with surreal compositions made from abstract photographs of trash paired with images of simulated nature found in magazines.
Then it became a very abstract dance of plastics and silver gelatin prints:
I was too romantic, there was no disgust. No ugly. All pretty. So I went to the other side of the rainbow and brought a grey cloud clinical eye to the process and catalogued this trash.
This was too clinical, but then I had a strike of genius just before the critique for this work. I paired haiku with highly romanticized images of trash:
And with this, I will carry into my final show of work which will come to you by the beginning of May! I do apologize that I do not have the haiku that was paired with this image. It will all be reworked for the final show.
For your interest, here is the artist’s statement behind the last bit of work.
Romantic Trash juxtaposes an out-of-date romanticized frame of mind with the dissenting subject matter of trash.
The implementation of a softened lens upon a jarring act of indifference is to utilize an alternate of the theory of ‘comedy of waste’; where one can only really self-reflect on under-the-rug morals through comedy. Romantic Trash replaces the comedy with beauty. The excessive use of signifiers of beauty in both image and text challenges the viewer to assess their moral stance on trash and its place in nature.
Until next time!