The 1950’s is a time synonymous with the “clarity” of social roles and responsibilities. The pressures to live up to these often-unrealistic ideals in many ways still lives with us today. In this work I hide the sitters face with a blue coat of paint which allows me to further anonymize each person while also simplifying their expressions. This prevents the viewer from lamenting on their actual history and forces them to rely on the handwritten text provided for context. The function of all this is to allow the viewer to examine the formal presentation we physically take on for a photograph and hidden thoughts we all have. Examining the wonders and difficulties of being human. Using humor, playfulness and at time discomfort to ask deeper philosophical questions about the self and our relationship to each other.
Origins of images:
Sitting unused for many years in his wife’s garage photographer Carl Walden work was long forgotten. After meeting a group of artist his wife gifted this archive to the One-Three art collative to use and reintroduced Carl in some way to the contemporary art community.