My husband has been goading me about writing an artist statement for
ever a while now. See, he’s been doing this whole art thing a lot longer than I have and when he needs to write somethings he’s on it and done. Once he gets to it, anyways. ;)
As for me, well, my fingers may as well have been duct taped together at the very thought of composing a statement. I hemmed and hawed and secretly wished my husband would just drop it because writing one sounded painful. (I don’t enjoy pain.) How could one possibly be expected to make sense of the many swirling emotions and thoughts that encompasses their art and the creation of it? It was ok for others, but not for me. Uh-uh. Not as long as I could help it.
We were approached about the possibility of a joint exhibition- my husband’s paintings and my photography. It was both exciting and frightening all wrapped up together!
Now, I’d been married to an artist long enough to know what that meant. It meant that I was going to have to do what I tell my kids to do all the time…suck it up. ~sigh~
Below is the result of that
pressure effort. I’ve also been married to an artist long enough to know that over time my statement will morph and change, but for now, this is where I find myself dwelling creatively.
by Pamela Reynoso
“It is through photography that I celebrate life and the beauty that can be found throughout it. Sometimes the beauty is obvious. But at other times, it can be elusive forcing one to be still, contemplate, and then actively search for the quiet beauty that is surely present.
Day to day life is busy and it can be messy. As a mother, my days can swing wildly between calm and chaos with little warning. Quietly contemplating my surroundings as I go about my daily activities, even in the mundane tasks, allows me to reconnect with beauty and solace, even amidst the chaos.
The sculptor Constantin Brancusi said “Simplicity is complexity resolved.” I strive for simplicity in my photography. Maintaining simplicity and visual interest is a dance between composition, vision, and technique – choosing which portions to subtract and which to retain.
In my studio work, I enjoy merging the artistic traditions of still-life and portraiture with my floral subjects. We are accustomed to seeing flowers as part of a whole, be it a landscape or a bouquet. I seek to celebrate the intricate beauty of the individual subject.”