photographic series / Lacrimatoio
2013 - 2016
26/ 04 2015
21/ 03 2014
Big screen 2015
02/ 06 2014
An individual was recruited by the house of o'dwyer to take a picture every time they cried. It could be tears of joy or despair.
Would anything be revealed gathering this catalogue of tears?
Collecting what moved a person and the environment they were in, in which they could or would cry would produce a portrait of the individual subject.
Crying. Why the tears?
Where are you?
Disgust. Horror. No respite.
Sentimentality. Biology. Hormones.
Not in the right mind. Pity.
Rational response to the grotesque.
An unbalanced mind. Possessed.
The world is it self. What I can’t do?
What you didn’t do?
Art photography can often seem cold, self-satisfied, drear. Arrangements of colour closer to interior design than art. Tidy. A fetish for the past. What would the opposite be like? Low craft. Emotional. Awkward. Expressive.
Are we avoid something with the glacial fetish for design?
In these photographs I attempt to pursue an unconsciously constructed aesthetic, akin to that of the scientific and anthropological. I work in the field; collecting on the go and analyzing and classifying in repose.
Like other of my photographic projects, (Flowers, Urban Safari Menagerie, DAS) they ask:
Has Art become a parlour game?
Are we all deluded?
Is coherence over-rated?
The wellsprings of creativity, ideas of objectivity, tradition and the Post-contemporary are all yoked together.
The creativity of ‘non creatives’ and expression in areas not regarded as high art interests me as i explore definitions of Art
A Lacrimatoio is a bottle for collecting tears.