More than 220 color photos, together with descriptions of over fifty dollmakers’ richly varied works and techniques, make up this fascinating overview of the state of the dollmaking art right now. The diverse range of designs, styles and media—from plastic to wood, metal to found objects—serves as an inspiration, a reference, and a summary of the dollmaking world in the early 21st century. The doll artists featured, working across the U.S. and the world, share personal insights about their own experiences with the creative process. They also discuss challenges of aspects like facial detail and expression, material integrity and longevity, embellishments, and construction. For designers, artists, craftspeople, and others, this breathtaking summary captures and reveals today’s dollmaking art.
Most of us believe in the word “First Impression” is a judgmental process that we go through with our appearance. Either intentionally or un-intentionally we go through the process of judging any substance, person, or even likes and dislikes. This topic of First Impression served as my inspiration to create the mood in photographs from my interaction with my subjects all of whom were unknown to me. The mood of warmth that I feel with each strange’s interaction supports my creation process.
The mood is enhanced with light and shadow in a style reminiscent of 17th century paintings. The choice of a warm color palate with slight muted colors set a mood replicating natural light.
“Persona” is an exhibition of exceptional recent work created by SCAD Atlanta graduate and undergraduate photography students. With more than 50 photographs on view, “Persona” demonstrates the talent, personal vision and point of view that characterize SCAD student photographers. The exhibition features inventive and expressive approaches to portraiture such as cyanotypes, camera obscure, mixed media photo collage, multiple exposure, and artist’s books, along with digital color photography, and black and white prints. This exhibition is held in conjunction with Atlanta Celebrates Photography 2015 and is curated by Alexandra Sachs, curator of exhibitions, in cooperation with Michael James O’Brien, associate chair of photography department, SCAD Atlanta.
Celebrating a new shared direction in the recent practices of SCAD-Atlanta photography students. Persona showcases more than fifty artworks that turn away from the trappings of the outside world and consider, instead, inward, personal reflection as their focus. Adapting the centuries-old genre of portraiture to contemporary issues of identity, undergraduate and graduate students have represented their own likenesses and this of family members, friends and strangers from all over the world in the process of self-discovery and as a means to establish their own points of view.
The Oxford English Dictionary defines persona as “the aspect of a person’s character that is displayed to or perceived by others.” This description indicates a meeting point between the self and the other and a distinction among who a person is, what that person presents to the world and how that information is interpreted. The collection of works on view in Persona probes this intersection. The images convey the artists’ individual growing pains, journeys toward self-discovery, genealogical investigations and struggles with perception, all the while proclaiming pride, truth and acceptance. Confronting viewers’ preconceptions, each photography becomes a voice amplified, a transformation, a personal presence of the subject and the artist.
The represented aorists challenge the genre of portraiture not only in content but also in practice. Portraiture is reinvented using the oldest techniques, like the pinhole camera, the most current methods and everything in-between. The works on view include cyanotypes, mixed media photographic collage, multiple exposure, artist’s books, digital color photography, black and white prints and video. Images range from formal portraits to blurred abstractions.