Ivanna Vidal recently submitted her photographs to me; her first steps into the world of the sub – conscious, a tentative foray into a realm that is complex, vast and full of possibilities. Especially for a young photography graduate. Vidal is interested in the psychology of the image, how we represent ourselves, the dichotomy between the public and private, the masked and the open. These photographs are a good example of this search, this journey into the inner life of the individual, of her.
‘Untitled’ is a narrative series constructed from her memories, dreams and the subconscious, a surreal expression of her being, of where she stands, is, plays out her own life. Here’s what she has to say about her work and process in particular her use of colour and masks:
My narrative photographs rely on an awkward tension between an approachable reality and a darker psychodrama. These images are garishly constructed from my recollection of dreams and memories. These stories revolve around the duality of human beings and take place in an imaginative world.
Lighting is used as experimentation in order to explore ideas and emotions. The characters are metaphors symbolizing me. Some characters utilize masks in order to release the aroma of having a person in the image. Masks have always been extremely mysterious and grotesque, but they also become an enigma that is both attractive and repellent. This body of work merges reality with fantasy never separating the two allowing the banal and the extraordinary to bloom.
There is much possibility in Vidal’s images and I look forward to seeing what projects she undertakes over the coming years.