A person’s identity is formed as a means to communicate the needs and desires of his/her inner ‘self’ to the outside world. However, interactions that happen between people everyday can trigger the ‘self’ subconsciously, and therefore influence the identity. Since an identity is in continual flux, an individual has limited awareness of the major impact of his/her identity at any point in time. I assert that a key way to keep an identity more attuned to the ‘self’ is through increased awareness of happenings inside and outside of the body.
Over the past year, I started investigating the juxtaposition of the body, landscapes, and interior spaces to convey the subtle intermeshing of different effects on the ‘self’. Instead of adorning the body with recognizable identities, I decided to use the body as a tool to be distorted as a way of expressing the ambience of the sitter. Next, the photographs of the sitter would turn from two-dimensional representations into fragile three-dimensional interactive objects. This is to show how everyday correspondence can erode a solidified identity. However, the breaking down of seemingly infallible knowledge is positive, as it allows the re-evaluation of the personal connection between the ‘self’ and how the information is used to define the ‘self’ to the outside world.
Specifically with landscape photography, I have combined traditional formats with unconventional cropping. This renders the scale of the scene indeterminate; and therefore the viewer can look beyond the space that the image depicts. When the audience looks at the sum of the parts that make the photograph a two-dimensional work, haptic associations with textures and pattern arise; thus the image, frame, etc. are taken into consideration as a sculpture. The representation of a landscape becomes an object to question the factors, which create the tension between the bodily, and what exists independently of it.