ROCK, SCISSORS, PAPER
Like a dog chasing its tail, my photographs address the
comedy of what it means to be human. Nearly cartoon like
in appearance, they resist meticulous realism in a playful
aesthetic that implies a naivete common to the human experience.
Though a sense of expectancy exits in each image, it is
as if they are caught in a holding pattern where the human
compulsion to establish systems of order reveals a desire
to assuage feelings of futility.
Working with both photography and video I explore the world
around me making the commonplace unexpected. In my images
a new language is formed as numerous different meanings
cross and enter into relationship with one another. Though
the pictures I take are not staged and are from the "real"
world, one is often curious to know, "Did this really exist?"
I am motivated by this response because I believe there
is a lot to learn from the things we see everyday but perhaps
never really notice. Shooting with both mediums permits
me to maximize this potential. With a video camera, I become
more studious of the scenario, watching from a removed position.
I am fascinated by the complexity of human behavior, though
it is often the seemingly simple things in human environments
that compel me to uncover more. (Stuart Hawkins)
Stuart Hawkins photographs critique the traditional notion
of the foreign as exotic. As her subjects pose for the camera
in a self staged manner they embrace and imitate themes
from pop culture. These Life size portraits reveal not only
a contemporary Nepal (but represent other parts of the developing
world as well) asking the viewer to consider themselves
in the visual dialogue that comprises consumer culture.