The I, Orfeo series is the story of a broken heart due to a broken marriage.
Several years ago, my husband and I had a miserable fight fraught with drama and fury. He slammed the door and walked out, declaring loudly that he wanted a divorce. Later that evening, I learned that he was involved with another woman. All at once I was upset; stunned; devastated.
The next morning, I stood at the front of my classroom. When I opened my mouth to lecture I instead burst into tears. The only thing I could see and hear were Rilke’s words about Orpheus and Eurydice:
The god put out his hand to stop her, saying,
with sorrow in his voice: He has turned around--
she could not understand, and softly answered
For in the aftermath of the events of that sad evening before, I was left as broken-hearted as Orpheus turning to look at Eurydice.
“I, Orfeo” represents my attempt to process that which I did not expect and of which I could not conceive–even now, several years later; a visual allusion to what I felt and experienced. Creating it was heart-wrenching, challenging, and yet strangely affirming; filled with despair but also cathartic.
The photographs here represent the entire story via an incomplete subset of the images. Ultimately, I intend to create a small edition handmade artist photobook using the complete series. I shot the landscape images in Hawai'i and Martha’s Vineyard over a period of several years, mostly using older model iPhones for the slower shutter and 'plastic' look and feel. I shot the self-portraits with an iPhone 6s Plus that I jerry-rigged to utilize a Holga plastic lens. The flaws in the imagery and the coloring are intentional, there to lend turmoil and emotion to the visual representation.
In telling only one side of a two-person tale, “I, Orfeo" simultaneously reveals and occludes. By unveiling the inherent duality contained within a one-sided telling, it conveys the dichotomy of truth and misrepresentation that are found in perception, memories, and photography itself.
Pricing and Print Information
$900 per diptych; each diptych is an edition of 10 with an additional artist proof.
Each half is 20"h x 16"w, printed/mounted individually, lightly hand coated w/cold wax medium. Mount will be either cradled wood with hanging mechanism attached. Minimum space required for 1 complete diptych presentation = 22"h x 34.5"w each given 1/2" space between the two segments.
encaustic media, archival pigment ink, hahnemuhle photo rag ultra smooth paper, cradled birchwood panel