My work is an exploration of identity and expectations specifically dealing with women. I use anonymous 19th century tintypes of which I appropriate and alter. I give each of these women a name from a list of names commonly used in 19 th century; thus giving them a personal identity. I use color to create an emotional identity helping to extend the pictorial narrative. My interest is inspired by a need to represent the restrictive perimeters put upon women who are forced to fit into prescribed societal beliefs. Though these images date back to the late 19th century when women’s lives were truly restricted, many of these restrictions continue to the present though not as blatantly expressed.
September 12, 2015