February 14 through March 29, 2003
Safe-T-Gallery is presenting the work of the renowned photographer
H. Lisa Solon in an exclusive double installation.
show consists of two exquisite, ongoing series of cyanotypes;
"Faces" and "Jamaican Grace." "Faces"
is an exploration of grief, loss and time through self-portraiture;
"Jamaican Grace" an introspective look at the beautiful
and bedraggled dreamscape of the Caribbean island.
Ms. Solon’s "Faces" series started
shortly after the death of her mother, when she started to take
a daily portrait of herself with an old family box camera. The
simple camera produced a line of blurry portraits that seemed
able to capture
her grief. The camera had no exposure controls so some days would
burn brightly while others remained dark, the images of her face
capturing both internal and external worlds. The series has continued
for more than six years, following both the slow and abrupt
changes in the artist’s life - one day at a time. Safe-T-Gallery
is pleased that we will be displaying nearly the complete series
from the first day up to within a few days before the opening
date, several thousand images in all.
The second body of work "Jamaican Grace"
has its origins in the hills and waterfront of St. Mary Parish in
Jamaica, West Indies, where Solon has lived for much of the last
few years. The pieces consist of from 3 to 6 individual cyanotype
images that are arranged in dreamlike reveries. The images often
contain a physical narrative but gain their strength from their
visual progression - the interplay of the images amplifying the
emotional charge of each scene.