Darkness & Delight
Art is made to be experienced. My intention is to evoke feelings from the viewer in which they build their own vocabulary of meaning and references.
Darkness & Delight deals in multiplicities: that which is frightening, ridiculous, innocent, silly, sad, religious, erotic and/or unsettling. It is also about the politics of femininity.
I have an interest in the contradiction of the beautiful and the simultaneously disturbing, whether in the poodle figurine, the sock man, the faces of dolls, a corroded drain or industrial landscapes.
The viewer is meant to see a human hand in each of the images. A history is built into them as they are made, an elixir combining nostalgia and imperfection, a lack of correctness.
In terms of methodology, I am interested in past and present technologies; I used digital photography, a photocopy machine and the cyanotype process which dates from 1842.
"Lucid Dreaming" by Beth E. Wilson
I can heartily endorse the emphatically humble, handmade cyanotypes of Jo Andres...
The serial, framelike nature of the groupings gives them an almost cinematic flavor - and the fact that she's using mass-produced objects (but from a different, very foreign-seeming era) marks a true Surrealist appreciation for the uncanny.
...the work itself is solid, and shows great promise, especially the recent prints made on cotton cloth, which heighten the tactility of the image, pulling the image into a markedly different relationship with the viewer.