Don't Hate Me Because I'm Beautiful.
Lady Gaga. Beautiful? Hideous? A genius? A curiosity? Depends on the beholder, and the context. This collection is my parody on life, and what we admire. Why and how we have come to deign certain subjects (a Damien Hurst animal floating in formaldehyde, for example) as admirable, beautiful, desirable, etc.
The photographs in this documentary series convey a sense of gravity. But, really, I am at play. Lighten up, these works say, and there is humor and satire to be found here as iconic subjects are re-contextualized. This purely photographic work tells its story through staged props at play with subjects who are placed before stark backdrops. Yet, all maintain a simple focus and composition, magnifying the psychological overtones I seek. With the exception of one of the images # 1020, all were created without photoshop manipulation.
The photographs are printed with Ultrachrome K3 Archival Pigmented Inks on Ultra- Premium Luster Photo Paper. The artist’s signature/mark and edition number appear in the lower right hand corner of the image.
The series of 36 photographs are each available in two sizes: 60” X 40” – edition of 3 and 40“ X 26.67” – edition of 3 and all were created in 2009