bovarysme- A disposition towards escapist day dreaming in which one imagines oneself as a heroine or hero of a romance and refuses to acknowledge everyday realities. -The Oxford Dictionary
This body of work has grown out of the solitude imposed during the pandemic. I’ve been thinking about the notion of time, and how slow and surreal the days can feel, particularly as darkness comes and winter sets in. This enforced domesticity can be claustrophobic, yet I’ve also found that living within myself can be a consolation, and home provides a feeling of security and comfort. I’ve been trying to maintain a sense of calm and purpose, despite the fraught social and political landscape.
I’ve been reading and looking at a lot of art, notably the paintings of Vilhelm Hammershoi, John Singer Sargent, Andrew Wyeth, and Edward Hopper. They have all inspired this project.
Making these photographs are a means of escape for me, a way to slip into another world.