Artist Statement

In my room

I enter into the process of creating a photograph on both a conscious and subconscious level. My portraits of children contain various layers of information relating to the artist, the subject and a mutual exchange between the two. The work seeks to explore the psyche of complex individuals. Each young girl, while physically existing in the natural world, also thrives in another realm, an insular dream state, with her gaze turned inward. The photographs exist as both fictional and autobiographical creations (growing up in an all female, Midwest household). Relating to the temporary situation of childhood, I am fascinated by young individuals’ imagination and intensity of experience. My curiosity about childhood, as a state of limbo and a game of illusion, creates additional layers with which to contemplate. Visually exploring the girls’ stances and embellished environments, the audience enters into a private world of vulnerability, isolation, imagination and memory. A delicate balance exists between the real and the imagined, the beautiful and the grotesque.

Lycée Masséna
Andrea and Sarah-Marie Land

Lycée Masséna seeks to investigate perception and environment. Working in the South of France at a boarding school with international residents, my sister and I began to create a body of images directly related to our emotional immediacy, our understanding of the environment surrounding us. A strong curiosity developed in reaction to ambiguous spaces, unfamiliar sounds, and the illumination of light. We experienced intense sensations of stillness, solitude, and warmth. Evolving into a visual experiment, we investigated the organization of space, the organization of a foreign institution and of frozen, transient figures in a stark environment.