To assist in enabling me to develop my project further , I decided I would research some of the artists recommended by my tutor. First on my list was Corinne Perry.
Corinne Perry is another photographer ,alike to myself that uses photography as a form of therapy. How she processes an image is one of her priorities in her imagery, using film and hand colouring (influenced by her interest in victorian photography) Perry says that this “enables her to add further layers of both emotion and pain upon the surface of the print, until the image is born.”
Her series, Misery was created after going through an emotionally difficult time at university, ever since then she’s found her projects have kept flowing onto the next one.
What I really appreciate within this series is how she’s chosen to structure the images, presented in an old victorian styled print, she offers a little ‘peephole’ to the audience , in which we are invited to view her private life, a space where she can be vulnerable and emotional. The simplicity of the images really brings to light her anguish, the layout of the multiple images connects each piece to each other. The series explores the breakdown of relationships , an emotional mind-set that you can become trapped in which stops you from moving forward. She says it’s about that unsettling feeling when content is taken away. The pieces she produces are visual representations of extracts from her diary.
Her work is incredibly similar to that of Francesca Woodman , her face has been distorted , not by long exposures but by the use of materials, covering it in glitter, hiding behind curtains, her hair and sometimes choosing to not show her face at all. The way she displaces her body by ‘breaking it’ in parts , is also something that I feel resonates with Woodman’s work.
Corinne Perry from her series ‘Melancholia’ 2013 – 2017
Francesca Woodman, From Space, 1976
Perry’s series ‘Delirium’ is based upon emotional entrapment within a state of negativity. Again this was taken in her bedroom, a personal space which became a metaphor for her trapped emotions.
The work is said to be influenced heavily by Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s novella, The Yellow wallpaper , which is about a woman confined to a bedroom,who becomes over time, infatuated with the wallpaper. Corinne Perry used the title ‘Delirium’ which it’s definition is that of a confused state ,was relevant to her emotional state.
The use of these small fragments of imagery is something that interests me within my own work, particularly as a means of simplifying my series or combining both a full image and then having closeups of key parts of it or fragments which relate to the scenario I am in.
For example I am planning a shoot inside a padded cell which portrays the stigma I sometimes face ,of being a ‘crazy’ person due to my mental health issues. I could combine this with the idea I have to photograph a closeup of my wrist with red ribbon around it, resembling self harm which is something else that is majorly stigmatised. The images could then work side by side within a book, telling a story of recovery in small and larger parts.
This simple idea could be played with in other ways for example ,having an image with the red ribbon holding a dead flower and in the image without it , the flower could be in bloom.
Melancholia is an exploration of Perry’s melancholic temperament. She explores these feelings in a metaphorical theatre , in which she is able to explore these emotions in front of the viewer. Perry is interested in merging her body within the space she inhabits.
“This display of merging moves beyond the visual representation, into the tactile reality of the emotional theatrical space.”
In this series, Perry wanted to create further levels of sensory and artistic production , through the use of a different baryta paper. Moving away from the usual smooth matte surface and instead using a semi-matt textured surface ,further emphasises the notions of the tactile and the sensory, layers and the fractured environment within the artists space.
This is another potential option for me to explore within my work , looking at different papers and how the photograph as an object can also tell the audience more about the ideas and emotions within my project.
Perry’s series , wallflower is based upon trauma and a sense of entrapment that she experienced since she was a child. Using the same location, her bedroom. The pieces she makes take place within the same four walls adding emphasis on this idea of being trapped.
Corinne Perry experiments with a “disturbance between the physical and psychological boundaries of the interior. Often presenting her unclothed body, in poses that are reminiscent of a death-like state , as well as being layered over by the wallpaper, suggests that her body is being physically devoured by her surroundings , a suggestion of how her mental state not only entraps but also consumes this physicality.”
What I feel in regards to Perry’s work, that could be beneficial to my own is these fantasy elements coming into the imagery in a subtle way, particularly the use of an oversized butterfly in one photograph, the wallpaper becoming part of the body in another. This style of imagery could work well side by side with some of the more extravagant shoots I have planned.
Some of Perry’s images really speak to me in all honesty, the image where her hair trimmings have fallen onto her dress reminds me of a painful situation I was in myself. Depression can make you feel so empty, that you sometimes in desperation do something stupid. I was once in a situation where I would cut pieces of my own hair off as it resonated with me that I could honestly feel nothing. Not sadness , not happiness just nothing. I feel I need to give my photography that emotional impact when the viewer looks at them.
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