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Fine Art Schooling In Photography
Angela Buckley’s photographic training is academic and classical with an emphasis on Fine Art (Personal Projects). Her thesis work she completed at Arizona State University for her Master in Fine Art was a series made with a Pinhole Camera.
The work explored concepts about family and its impact on our lives and choices. Post-graduate school and through current times, the exploration of this theme continues as she highly values family and understand its impact on our society as a whole.
Buckley’s recent collection of images, titled “restoration,” examines how an individual continues their own individual journey separate from family.
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Artist Statement: restoration series
The use of these vintage images connects the past as an important part of our present. More often than not, we do not know the stories behind these pictures — leaving us to project our own meaning and history. Alongside these projections, habits and psychological patterns are passed from one generation to the next. When self-defeating habits rise to our consciousness, and more important when we act on changing these routines, we can break free from what confines us.
The cut-out silhouettes implies a sense of loss. These open figures are the play of photography whose shapes are framing new environments; it is a frame within a frame. Though we don’t see the people whose bodies are removed, we see their gestures and absences. Not only do we naturally perform those gestures, we learn them.
Meanwhile, the isolated figurines reenter the contemporary world with a new context. These remote figures have accomplished a journey through their dark nights of the soul and now have the capacity to reveal their deeper, truer selves. Once we fully release our past and other collective memories, we create a stronger sense of place. Dedicating oneself to venture through a vulnerable, lonely path leads to shedding light on the subconscious and conscious voices in our minds. Commitment — to personal growth and healing — is ultimate freedom.
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Artist Statement: the in-between series
Each individual’s personality is primarily developed in childhood association with family. Habits, stories and traditions are passed from one generation to the next. As an example, while looking at a photograph of my grandmother taken in the 1920’s my father’s sister will tell the related story as she knows it. The version my father tells about the same image is slightly different, therefore I conclude the precise truth and details are missing. On the other hand, on my mother’s side the memorabilia are few as well as the stories. Overall, exploring one’s heritage is a rich journey, particularly in a time when social equality and ethnic recognition are prominent political topics. In a nation established on immigration many of us are products of cross-pollination and are caught among several cultures.
The dreamy quality of the pinhole camera distorts the sense of scale of the landscape and the dioramas. Cutting out single or multiple figures and placing them in front of the photograph from which they came makes it seem as if they have stepped out of time to confront the viewer. The duplication of characters is similar to the retelling of the stories: the holes left are analogous to the vacant cultural histories of the displaced.
Subsequent generations, such as my own, find themselves in between the fantasy and real world in order to put pieces together that define our identity. The work provides no answer for solving this ongoing condition yet, my artwork is driven by the fantasies that fill a missing heritage.