Wednesday, December 21, 2011
so not fiber...
So my previous post mentioned the influence of the work of Sally Mann on me as an artist- so I thought why not feature that work today? As most of you know my career as an artist started as a photographer so many of my personal references and inspirations come from this world. Right on top of this list is Sally Mann. As an artist who has always been inspired by the human form and a person who has always been comfortable with my own body an others her work was a perfect influence at an early artistic age.
In the 90's Mann came out with her book and body of work Immediate Family documenting and staging moments of her 3 children. The work includes a powerful and beautiful image of a nosebleed, her child's legs coated with Popsicle drips, her daughter hanging from a hayhook, smoking a candy cigarette, and so many more evocative and beyond beautiful images. Growing up and living in rural Virginia, Mann herself and her children roamed around in their idyllic environment naked and free. Sally turned her lens to show the tension of a child at moments of change, freedom, sexuality, danger, and uncertainty in a way no other artist has done.
Because of her incredible skill with the Zone system and a large format camera technically the images are perfect.
Some people found her work very offensive, even pornographic. I found it breathtakingly powerful and honest. Sally admits that some images are staged but for me this does not take away at all from the overall energy of the work and what she reveals about life and the moment of childhood through her children.
During the controversy of this work she never backed down and defended her work with incredible eloquence and grace. As a young artist this was incredibly influential to see an artist take such risks in her work and also walk through the fire of public attention so gracefully. She remains to be an incredible powerful and evocative photographer.
See more work here. OR see her feature on Art 21 here.