This stunning series of black and white photos by artist Marjorie Salvaterra explores the multiple-roles women play and the struggle to hold whole while retaining a sense of self.
Bold and visually seductive, the series is concrete and surreal, playful but darkly-comedic. She creates the universal figure in the Her series, which she refers to as the Jane, by using props such as the wig, umbrellas, the straitjackets for example, which depicts the daily struggle women face as they attempt to fit into their social roles as daughter, wife, mother, professional and so on.
“”I’m forty three years-old and I’m trying to grow as a person but so is my skin,” she says. “I’m not that interested in holding onto my youth. My life is far greater now. But letting go isn’t as easy as it sounds. Some days I don’t recognize this person who looks back at me in the mirror. She is older, has responsibilities. She has had to learn that sometimes God has a bigger plan for her life than she does. On the outside, she strives for peace but inside there is a turbulence of holding on too tightly to all the things that have finally brought peace and true joy.”
About the Artist: Marjorie Salvaterra lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. Her work has exhibited nationally and internationally. This summer (2014) her work exhibited in a solo show at the Griffin Museum, Winchester and was featured at the Nuit des Images at the Musee de L’elysee, Lausanne. Salvaterra’s work has also shown at the Nelson-Atkins Museum and the Rencontres d’Arles; it has been included in group exhibitions with Duncan Miller Projects and the Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins.
Source: jdc Fine Art