This piece is about freedom from the masks that we wear, and the act of rebirth into who you are meant to be. Shedding our mask makes us feel an overwhelming sense of freedom and power. The subject looks as though she feels as light as a feather, but strong too. As if all of the forces of nature are coming together to honor her at that very moment. You can almost hear the universe whisper to her “cheers to you”. The rising up thru the air from the heaviness of the water aides the piece in its portrayal of the life giving feeling of that first breath, and scream, at birth after being in water for so long while being cradled in by light of The Moon.
This self-portrait piece was created by taking images of myself draped over a stool against a black background. The mask was a separate image, as is the ocean and the starry sky. You’ll be surprised to know that the ocean shot was taken on a sunny day! The stars in the background are from an underwater shoot that I did a while back. The dust in the water against the dark background looked like stars. I enhanced them in post by painting in more of them with software. The nightgown that I am wearing in the main image is a vintage nightgown that had a victorian feel to it. Seeing it made me think of how women were oppressed in those times and how they probably longed to rip of a mask themselves. Wearing a nightgown at night probably felt so freeing from the corsets, and petticoats. Each image needed to be taken while in its proper height and distance from the camera as it would be in the final piece in order to make it realistic. Have you taken off your mask? Cheers and enjoy!
Each of my works are available in limited edition prints only. That means that once they run all out there will be no more creations of that particular piece. Each print is available in 4 sizes- 10x10, 20x20, 30x30, 40x40. Each size has only 10 prints available for each particular piece. **as the print run of a particular piece starts to run out, prices may increase. **
Each print is printed on archival, cotton, Hahnemuhle paper. Signed, and numbered by me. Each piece comes with a certificate of authenticity. Framing is available. I’m happy to do it! Contact me to discuss options and prices.