Sunday, February 21, 2010

Courtney 2/21

The above photos were taken by Grace Weston. She creates little worlds for her photos. They depict scenes of things that illustrate personal anxieties using what seem to be toys and small figurines. At first glance, they seem sort of funny. Sort of childish. Upon further inspection, they have more serious content. I particularly like the one with the clown holding strings....being the puppeteer for the people. The clown is menacing looking while controlling the people, and a doll/angel flutters behind. The title is Heaven Help Us. She puts into imagery some of the things we all think and worry about. I find these images successful because they in some ways bring me back to childhood memories, but leave me feeling a little anxious. They are funny and thought provoking. Looking at her photos also inspires me to try this method of making art...being the farmer instead of the hunter. I am thinking that will be the direction I take for the book project. Time to brainstorm!

1 comment:

  1. Ooo, this is a good one. I am a sucker for the tableau for sure, especially when the artist takes advantage of our most deeply seeded fears. And these images have such a wonderfully garish template. I will be interested to see what you make.