Monday, November 30, 2015

Emily Sheffer

Emily Sheffer earned her BFA in Photography with Departmental Honors from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in May of 2015. Her work has been featured in exhibitions at San Francisco Camerawork Gallery, All Visual Boston at the Institute of Contemporary Art, and in The Danforth Art Museum New England Photography Biennial, where she was given a Juror’s Award. Emily was recently listed as a LensCulture Top 50 Emerging Photographer of 2015. She currently works as a fine art photographer and studio assistant in Boston, MA.

Artist Statement: Day Dream

Sunlight has the ability to illuminate and isolate a subject, which simultaneously casts the surrounding scene into shadow. Similarly, the mind has the ability to cast one's physical surroundings into darkness, in order to deeply contemplate a specific thought, in the form of a daydream.

Self-portraits illustrate these passing moments of inner dialogue, while still lives represent a physical manifestation of what a thought may look like. Though my body physically remains, my mind becomes disconnected. Temporarily removed from any outside influence, this time allows me the opportunity to exist completely within myself. A feeling of quiet solitude takes over, similar to the feelings evoked by the delicate subject matter.

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