The project covers eight generations of women—from established artists to women who are just starting out on their practices. The photographs bear witness to this singular moment in time between the artists that emerged in the sixties and seventies without much communication or support from the art world, to the emergence of subsequent generations of artists coinciding with the rise of a female support system and use of social media.
Pandora’s BoxX encompasses the ideas of this current moment—exploring the language used to describe it, our concurrent notions of social justice and aesthetics, along with the role of the collective in affecting social change can be utilized in individual practices not just in the arts, but in the culture and society at large.
The project addresses the gender imbalance of women in the arts, while acknowledging and celebrating the growing representation of women artists today.— creating community engagement and an ongoing dialogue about art, ideas and social change.
I began Pandora’s BoxX in September 2018 through contacting artists that I knew personally, then women those artists knew and the process continues to grow-creating an energy and depth of subject matter.
My desire for personal, direct and layered interaction with individuals from the arts community led me to create an elastic architecture specific to this project. The parameters would be a brief portrait photo session, which I would shoot for consistency of the visual structure, at a mutually agreed upon space.
The photo sessions, shots of faces and hands in available light are intentionally brief. My process for the project is geared towards being direct, performative and interactive—followed up at another time with discussion and mutual decisions about the final image to be used.
The consistency of images established by the parameters create a broad visual equivalency to the community. The participants, should they wish, are also able to use the individual photos on social media and for personal promotion, which simultaneously expands and coalesces the reach of the project.
Ultimately, Pandora’s BoxX is about recognizing, living through and beginning the process of remembering a moment that has the potential power to re-shape our culture and how we see ourselves in it.