Artists Statement - At Play
Becoming a mother was both the most incredible and debilitating experience I have yet encountered. I was overwhelmed by the daunting task ahead of me and the impossibility of perfecting it. As this dark fog began to lift, I began to see great beauty in the ordinary activities in life: going for a bike ride, sitting on the beach, camping with my children.
Watching my children set up carefully constructed scenes with their figurines, I was reminded of the magic of play, and how I too would carefully lay out my favourite doll or figuring beside me at night and say a prayer that my doll would come alive during the night. I was a child of strong faith and truly believed that if I prayed hard enough, this might actually happen.
This series of photographs, which I title At Play, is about seeing the beauty in the ordinary. It is also about allowing ourselves to escape into an imaginary word. I hope the juxtaposition of the plastic toy in the natural environment does not seem awkward to the viewer, but allows the viewer, like me, to imagine that he or she is the figure in the photo.
There are approximately 100 photographs in this series. The images below are a small selection of these.
|Forest Bike Ride|
|Handling the Waves|
|Paddling Back to Shore|
|Relaxation At Last|
|Santa and His Sack|
|Snowman in Helmet|
|Wedded Bliss (Black & White)|