Impulses is based on the themes of love and death, and the instinctive tendency towards coupling. Created with an 8×10 view camera and color film, these images are articulated with beauty and precision, resulting in an image that is seductive, forcing the viewer to look, despite its apparent grotesque and morbid nature. This mentality in terms of image making can be witnessed throughout art history, ranging from 13th century altarpieces to the work of the Golden Age still life painters. Intending to maintain a dialogue with this artwork from the past within a contemporary realm, Impulses draws inspiration from Rodin’s striking large scale sculpture The Gates of Hell, which is a visual interpretation of Dante’s Inferno. This intense and magnificent sculpture portrays figures that are intertwined in various emotional and physical states in the presence of Hell. The photographs in Impulses illustrate the tension of duality, the insatiable, desperate nature of desire and primal search for fulfillment in a life that is knowingly so temporary and vulnerable. Love can be seen as the potential comfort or distraction in a world where everything is under the influence of passion.
By Tara Sellios