I planned to write a post about my new mesh hands and feet this week, in fact it’s all composed in my head, I just have to type it and log in to take a few pictures. I suppose you could read it, if I had chairs in my brain, but I’m guessing that my words would be projected in reverse on the walls of my skull so that wouldn’t be much help. My Saturday morning coffee in hand, I sat down to catch up on blogs and saw this post on Inara Pey’s blog and my original plan went out the window.
I’ve always been a huge fan of Rebeca Bashly’s work, but more than that she’s inspired me to do two previous blog posts about The Tower and The Inferno so I was confident this would be no exception. This newest exhibit, Colour Key, has a very vague description “It is all about human nature, breaking your spine to find answers that are under your nose.” and that was somehow freeing. Without a clear idea of what the artist hoped I would think or feel or learn from her work, I let my mind and camera wander freely.
I got lost in Colour Key, quite literally. It’s huge, a tall building with scaffolding and you can easily wander into dead ends. The trick is to look for the keys that you can click on to teleport to the next part. At first I wondered why I was having such a hard time navigating around, and then I quickly stopped being concerned about it. A few dead ends, followed by a few full circles, and you end up looking at this work in a new way, or at least I did. How often do we find ourselves repeating the same steps, or stuck in a box with no exit? It’s only when you look at it differently that you can see the way forward.
I allowed myself a fair bit of creative liberties here, with windlight, color and framing the pictures. I always feel a bit guilty about that, uncertain if my job is to capture the work as the artist meant it to be seen, or to try to present what she invoked in me. I’m hoping these do a combination of both, but I encourage you to visit Colour Key for yourself to see what it says to you.
This last one has the eerily sensuality that I often find in Rebeca Bashly’s work. Whether it’s my own fascination with the stories of Succubi or projecting something else that’s going on with me right now, I knew exactly what these ladies were saying.
You can find Colour Key here http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA6/58/37/373