Evoking Memory Through Photomontage
(9/14/2011) Storytelling is a way to frame deep feelings, giving the onlooker a unique opportunity to temporarily detach from their emotions to observe them under the sometimes soft and often sharp light of allegory.
Photomontage tugs me through the doorway of those mysterious and alluring spaces behind the eyes and in the heart. Like complex bits of dreams remembered and forgotten again, images from daily life and past experiences swirl around my subconscious, sometimes remaining with me for a long time before twisting into a new memory or form that resembles but stands apart from what was there before.
Memory and experience are a window through which we can discover vast layers of meaning available to us in the thoughts and memories we collect throughout our lives. A single picture in your mind may hold several layers of meaning, familiar but different than the original thought or memory; gaining further layers of meaning each time they are revisited.
I invite you to drop by the opening reception for my newest Photomontage exhibition, “Waking Dreams,” at Through This Lens Gallery in Durham on Friday, September 16, from 6-9pm. The exhibit will be on display there through October 8. I hope you can make it.
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