The latest and penultimate image in my #daughterofwoman series – Child of Woman!
Yes, he is my baby, minus his head 🤪, and he was a bit of a wriggler to photograph!
I wanted to keep the colours more harmonious in this image and less chaotic to represent the lack of cognitive dissonance in babies and young children compared with adults.
I love the calmer feeling in this one and the beautiful butterflies in the background. The background image is part of a scrapbooking paper booklet I found titled ‘Natural History Museum – From the Archives’.
All the papers in it are beautiful works of art and like old wallpaper or fabric designs. I had originally wanted to photograph vintage wallpapers to use as the backgrounds for this series. Unfortunately, Covid-19 meant I couldn’t go to the national heritage sites and stately homes to take the photos. It was such a stroke of luck to come across this book!
Lightbulb or not?
I toyed with the idea of not having a lightbulb for this image. I don’t believe babies are aware of cultural / societal expectations and pressures like older children and adults are, so perhaps the lightbulb was not needed.
But I loved the shape of the lightbulb and knew I wanted use it. I thought the shape was more child-like. This is the original lightbulb, no warp of distort!
Let me know what your thoughts are in the comments. Are there any scrap bookers out there? 🙂
I love that there are no rules and no boundaries to what I can create. I love that I can create fluidly and freely
I love that it doesn’t have to have a deep message or hidden concept, and I love that it can have both.
I love that is challenges my understanding of reality and extends it.
As an INFJ on the Myers- Briggs scale, my inner world is rich and complex. I’m introverted and get lost in my own thoughts and imagination. I could get away with it more as a child, but my staring into space haze gets noticed as an adult!
Inside I work in pictures and feelings and it can be hard to articulate. Working within surrealism gives me a free reign to communicate without explanations without trying to make people understand. Because ultimately, as an INFJ, people find me difficult to understand, and so I don’t share myself with many people. I create a persona which functions well in society instead.
I’m grateful for having art and surrealism as a means to express myself, in what I feel as a safe way.
The third image in ‘Daughter Of Woman’ series is finished!
I love the patterns and colours in this image and the contrast between the two.
The lightbulb is original, only cut out and not warped or anything. I hunted down all these unusually shaped lightbulbs in the series.
The wallpaper is a book of scrapbook papers based on designs from the Natural History Museum in London. They resemble more closely the vintage wallpaper I had in mind when I was conceptualising this series.
Many thanks to my almost husband for modelling the shirt!
I’ll post some information on how to get your hands on limited edition prints soon!
Here it is, the second piece in my series ‘Daughter of Woman’!
Titled ‘Wife of Woman’, my aim is to create a ‘family’ in this series. The title concept links the pieces through them all being ‘of woman’, aka ‘born’ from a woman.
However, the main concept linking all the pieces is ‘the duality of the ego.’ The parts of us we show the world and the parts we keep hidden. I believe the parts we hide can often be our most beautiful parts (hence the flowers), which we feel too vulnerable to show.
We could debate why we hide our vulnerabilities in our society, but I might save that for a different post!
Head over to my Instagram stories to see the editing process.
The lightbulb is from my house. I love it’s interesting shape and colour.
A pink gerbera I received in a bunch of flowers.
The work of Rene Magritte, particularly ‘Son of Man’. I enjoy working in Surrealism, it is liberating.
The concept behind this image alludes to the duality of the ego. The parts of us we show the world and the parts we keep hidden.
The lightbulb symbolises intelligence and knowledge in western culture. A knowledge based, patriarchal culture, where femininity is weakness. Through this cultural direction, the ego portrays an acceptable character. The lightbulb gives an inhuman quality to our ego. Faceless, transparent yet hiding something.
The flower symbolises beauty and fragility: the Divine Feminine. It hides through fear of judgement, of not being good enough.
The wall paper and clothing
The clashing patterns of the wallpaper and and shirt are distracting. It shows the war between the masculine and feminine. A war that creates chaos.
The irony of the human condition is it requires both the masculine and the feminine to work in harmony. Human beings and are both Yin and Yang, regardless of gender. The suppression of either, results in chaos.
When I’m looking at submission guidelines there is often a large box to describe the concept behind the images. The big ‘why’ that propelled you to create your project. Often artists and photographers have a poignant message or story behind their images: A representation or insight into a cause.
My Surreal Furniture project didn’t start with a concept. Rather a desire to animate inanimate objects.
Maybe there is a story behind these images. A story that writes itself with each image. Each image bringing a new character to the story. I have no real plan, only others characters I want to create. ‘What if’ is something I hear myself saying a lot.
So I guess what I’m asking is can concept and story be created through art rather than be represented by it?