looking at photographers who create their own realities…
Portland photographer, Grace Weston, creates staged vingnettes and narratives that use a variety of props to ” address the dilemmas, illusions, joys, and fears that at once seems so personal, yet are also universal.” She is not only a wonderful fine art photographer, but has an impressive roster of editoral clients including O (the Oprah Magazine), Portland Monthly, Seattle Metropolitan, and Pittsburgh Magazine.
“My creativity is stimulated most by the questions and contradictions of Life, both large and small. For the subject matter of my photography, I construct sets as well as fabricate and find props and characters to express my “inner” world, creating vignettes that incorporate narration, humor and a sense of psychological tension. Child-like fantasy scenes are punctuated with anxieties common to adulthood: choices must be made, demons haunt us, beauty conceals danger, the end of the world is near, and perhaps God does not have our best interests in mind. Picasso said, “Art is a lie that tells the truth”. I make up visual stories that address the dilemmas, illusions and fears that at once seem so personal, yet are also universal.”
Grace’s “candy-colored” work will be on exhibition at the Gail Gibson Gallery until July 11th.
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