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Ansley West

Artist Statement Submitted 2014

I am exploring the confusion of space and time. Layers and distortion remove any graspable orientation. The images belong to the space of night, dreams and fiction more than they do to the light of day. They hint at what lies beyond reach. The blurred photographic record has roots in both the physical and emotional landscapes.

Roland Barthes writes in every photograph there is “the return of the dead”. He describes photography as a medium uniquely capable of expressing loss. The experience of loss portrayed through the photograph makes the viewing experience haunting or unnatural because of the life it brings back to the past.

The darkness of shadows, the masked figures and the Lowcountry landscape depict the past in an attempt to understand what was before. The photographs walk the line of sadness and intrigue that recreate a fiction embedded in the truth of my childhood.

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