Sunday, January 18, 2009

There's No Place Like Home

The Power of Now Nail Polish
Camptown Races

Here's how Julie Blackmon describes her series:

“The stress, the chaos, and the need to simultaneously escape and connect are issue that I investigate in this body of work. We live in a culture where we are both ‘child centered’ and ‘self-obsessed.’ The struggle between living in the moment versus escaping to another reality is intense since these two opposites strive to dominate. Caught in the swirl of soccer practices, play dates, work, and trying to find our way in our ‘make-over’ culture, we must still create the space to find ourselves. The expectations of family life have never been more at odds with each other. These issues, as well as the relationship between the domestic landscape of the past and present, are issues I have explored in these photographs. I believe there are moments that can be found throughout any given day that bring sanctuary. It is in finding these moments amidst the stress of the everyday that my life as a mother parallels my work as an artist, and where the dynamics of family life throughout time seem remarkably unchanged. As an artist and as a mother, I believe life’s most poignant moments come from the ability to fuse fantasy and reality: to see the mythic amidst the chaos."

I don't have children but can't we all relate? Particularly if you're a dreamer, I love the concecpt of struggling between living in the moment and fantasy. Blackmon normally photographs family members and her works seem to have a sweet yet sinister side. The images below remind me of Chris Anthony.



American Gothic

Bubble Tape

1 comment:

Richard said...

Nice photos....thanks for sharing! In addition, I noticed a Blue Boy painting in one of the photos.


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