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Moral Duenas, Alejandra IN MY OWN INK: THE INTIMATE POWER OF WORDS. 2022. Radford University,

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In my own ink: The Intimate Power of Words consists of a series of twelve photographs that depict the inner journey of a female character, from her childhood to her mature years. In this work I visit themes of female vulnerability, social expectations, suffering, and eventually, healing. I am interested in how people can access their deepest emotions, revealing something ambiguous, dark, and auspicious at the same time. I am compelled by moments where individuals are on an emotional edge, and how they transit their emotions to rise stronger. These images explore how words can be powerful tools to reach deep within oneself, both through emotional writing and through encountered words. To create this body of work, I pull out inspiration from my own life experiences. Based on my own memories, I meticulously designed the complete sequence of images, both from an aesthetic and a storytelling point of view. The series as a whole tells a story of struggle and growth, while each individual image explores different aspects of the human condition. Metaphors and symbolism help tell the stories from a poetic and imaginary perspective. My visual approach is a result of a blend of influences on several origins: from photography to painting, from contemporary to modern artists. A myriad of inspirations that shapes my photographic language in this series. Words and writing are an essential element of this project, both from a visual and an invitational perspective. Most of the images include readable text written or collected by the character. This adds another layer of meaning and significance to the series. The physical component of this project includes photographs presented in a painterly manner. In the gallery space, images were accompanied by elements shown in some of the photographs. This facilitates entry into the character’s world as well as discovering additional information not revealed within the context of the images. To start experiencing the intimate power of words, at the exhibition, visitors are asked to start to express their emotions on paper. Overall, I aspired to create a cohesive and profound body of work, expressed with a poetic visual language, that invites the viewer to discover and complete the character’s inner journey. All this presented in a way that respects and enhances the narrative.

Item Type: Thesis
Subjects: T Technology > TR Photography
Divisions: Radford University > College of Visual and Performing Arts > Department of Art
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2022 01:19
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2023 19:26
URI: http://wagner.radford.edu/id/eprint/833

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