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SELFHOOD

THE EYES ARE THE WINDOW TO THE SOUL

Vicky Martin

AUGUST 1 TO AUGUST 31, 2021

The series Selfhood is inspired by the proverb “the eyes are the window to the soul” and a desire to challenge the need to see the eyes (and therefore the “soul”) within a portrait photograph. Each image disguises the eyes of the subject in order for the viewer to find a connection with the character and narrative without the visual stimulation of the eyes.

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The female characters in this series search for a sense of independent identity crafted through outward appearance and signalled through dress and posture, challenging the traditional assessment of character made via eye contact. Each image contains its own distinctive narrative, separate from the other photographs in the series, connected only through the motif of disguised eyes. Such a variety of stories and characters convey the many varied and nuanced facets of femininity that exist in reality.

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Indeed, Selfhood, although grounded in the reality of the female experience, also uses fantastical creative elements to allow the viewer to draw on their own preconceptions evoked by the traditional fairy tales or childhood figures referenced in the images. Therefore, each portrait in the series can take on a number of different identities and interpretations based on the viewer’s own personal connections, whether from memory or culture, to the established fantasy narratives signalled in the photographs.

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Throughout Selfhood, I have been inspired by strong female characters, particularly those from childhood fairy tales, such as Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Alice and Little Red Riding Hood, as well as those from a more modern (and thereby possibly more sinister) origin, like Offred. However, despite the strength inherent in these tenacious and independent women, there lies a vulnerability and a need to hide behind the traditional tropes of femininity, which I sought to convey in this series via the concealment of the eyes.

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The partially obscured female figure depicts the conflict I wanted to create between a female’s own sense of identity and femininity, and a society’s preconceived expectations for the female. The concealed eyes symbolise both the female’s desire to hide the “soul” and identity of oneself from the world, and instead create it through a less vulnerable armour of dress and appearance, and society’s desire to not look into a woman’s eyes to see the reality of individuality in each female and expose the fantasy of an unnuanced singular female experience.

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Within the series Selfhood, I want to challenge the viewer to emotionally connect with each portrait image without being able to see the eyes. Traditionally the viewer attempts to discover the emotion and feeling of an image by looking into the character/model’s eyes and, removing this conveyer of mood encourages the viewer to use their own experiences to inform their interpretation of the photograph. Without the ability to make eye contact with the character of each image, the viewer if forced, in a sense, to make eye contact with themselves – they are forced to look within themselves for the emotion they identify in the image. Thus, ultimately the character’s personality is informed by the viewer’s own personality and own perception of the context and themes that inform the image.

Interview published on Dodho Magazine | November 2020

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I was introduced to photography whilst studying art and design and fell completely in love, it just seemed such a natural fit for me creatively.

Interview published on Dodho Magazine | February 2019

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VICKY

MARTIN

Vicky Martin (UK) is an international award winning fine art professional photographer. Her first introduction to photography was whilst studying art and design at college in the 90s, she fell completely in love and found it to be a natural fit creatively, realising that this was what she wanted to do with her life she went on to dedicate her studying to photography. She initially started out photographing in black and white but later moved on to color finding it to be a totally different way of photographing, and now tries to utilise the color in her photographs to benefit the overall narrative.

Since 2008 after Vicky was awarded a prestigious bursary she has been developing her professional career in photography . Notably she has had her work published and exhibited nationally and internationally, from Europe to the USA in solo and group shows and her work continues to garner many awards and nominations most recently to include Portrait Photographer of The Year 2020 at the Minimalist Photography Awards, Finalist at the Lensculture Art Photography Awards 2019, Winner of the Professional Beauty and Fashion Category at the Chromatic Awards 2018, Winner of the All About Photo Magazine Colors issue 2018,

Winner of the Single Image in the Professional Fine Art Category at the 12th Julia Margaret Cameron Awards 2018 and Winner of the Professional Fine Art Series at 2016 Fine Art Photography Awards.

Vicky finds inspiration for her work from strong female characters whether from literature, film or everyday life. Throughout her work she explores her fascination with identity and the emotions that are created by considered scenarios which are based in both fantasy and reality. She creates and stages realities for characters who often display conflicting emotions with situations. Reoccurring themes she is drawn to throughout her work include conformity to the stereotypical, individual and societal expectations of femininity, vulnerability and self-doubt. Ultimately Vicky seeks to encourage the viewer to ask questions of her work to which the answers depend on the viewer’s own personal identity and perceptions.

La Souris Femelle is taken from the series “Selfhood”, which is in part inspired by the proverb “The eyes are the window to the soul” and a desire to challenge the need to see the eyes within a portrait. The intention in each portrait is to create a character and a narrative and encourage an empathy without the visual stimulation of the eyes.

The conscious composition of each image gives the character a foundation in reality whilst combining fantastical creative elements to challenge the viewer’s preconceptions surrounding the connotations of each individual outfit and distinctive concealment of the eyes.

The viewer is inspired to make their own inferences about the subject’s persona and circumstance by drawing on personal connections and interpretations to each image, whether these be from memory or culture. Therefore each portrait in the series can take on a number of different identities depending on links made by the viewer to their own experiences and opinions.

EXHIBITIONS

VICKY MARTIN

2021

ImageNation Galerie Joseph Turenne, Paris. Ethereal A Modern Romance. Nov

FotoNostrum Mediterranean House of Photography, Barcelona, Spain. MELANCHOLIA 18th June – 18th Sept

BBA Gallery Berlin Photo Week RAW Area, Berlin. BBA Gallery Photography Selection 26 Aug – 3 Sept

Inside-Out Gallery Belgium Men Drink Wine and Women Water Vicky Martin & Patrick Van der Elst Artsy Online Exhibition 18July – 17Aug

Praxis Gallery & Photographic Art Center, Minnesota, US. FEMALIA 19th June –  3rd July 2021

The Flux Review,  V1 – Virtual Exhibition 26th April – 25th May 2021

PH21 Gallery, Budapest, Hungary. Personality: Contemporary Portraiture 11 March – April 3  

The CAMP Gallery, Miami, US. “Not Dior’s ‘New Look’ II” Exhibition 2 Dec-17 Jan

2020

Photos de Femmes Chateau de Lomenie, South of France. Seeing Women 16-18 Oct

Photos de Femmes Chateau de LaLande, South of France. Seeing Women 2-4 Oct

SE Center for Photography, South Carolina, US. Color 4-24 September

PH21 Gallery, Budapest, Hungary. Photographic Visions 30 July-22 August

The CAMP Gallery, Miami, US. Not Dior’s New “Look” Vicky Martin & Emma Coyle Online Exhibition 8 Jul- 9 Aug

Praxis Gallery & Photographic Art Center, Minnesota, US. Open Theme. 17 April-12 May

Praxis Gallery & Photographic Art Center, Minnesota, US. Words,Words,Words. 21Feb-17 March

PH21@Barcelona Valid World Hall Gallery, Barcelona, Spain. The Art of Photography 6-13 January

2019

Norick Hall Galleries, Oklahoma, US. Mother FStop International Show.  

Millepiani Exhibition Space, Rome, Italy. Mannequins & Puppets

RI Center for Photographic Arts, Rhode Island, US. 6th International Open

PH21 Gallery, Budapest, Hungary. Feminine / Masculine

2018

SE Center for Photography, South Carolina, US. The Contemporary Portrait

Praxis Gallery & Photographic Art Center, Minnesota, US. The Portrait

ACCI Gallery, Berkeley, California, US. San Francisco Bay International Photo Show

Downtown Arts Collective, Orlando, FL, US. International Photography

Praxis Gallery & Photographic Art Center, Minnesota, US. The Telling Image

H Gallery, Ventura, US. MNEMONIC

PhotoPlace Gallery, Vermont,US. Celebrating Women

A Smith Gallery Photographic Arts, Texas, US. Portraits

PH21 Gallery, Budapest, Hungary. Significant Colour

Darkroom Gallery, Vermont, US. Open

Praxis Gallery & Photographic Art Center, Minnesota, US. The Portrait

The Center for Contemporary Arts in Abilene Texas, US. TPS 26: The International

PH21 Gallery, Budapest, Hungary. Staged

2017

SE Center for Photography, South Carolina, US. Open

PH21 Gallery, Budapest, Hungary. Stories

PH21 Gallery, Budapest, Hungary. Portraits Without Faces

ACCI Gallery, Berkeley, California, US. The Art of Living Photography Show

SE Center for Photography, South Carolina, US. Forsaken

Green Rooms, London. PhotoX Finalists

J. Wayne Stark Galleries Texas, US. TPS 26 The International

A Smith Gallery Photographic Arts, Texas, US.“SHE”

L.A. Photo Curator “What Remains”

Providence Center for Photographic Arts, Providence, RI, US. 3rd Juried Photography Show

SE Center for Photography, South Carolina, US. RED

PH21 Gallery, Budapest, Hungary. Feminine / Masculine

2016

SE Center for Photography, South Carolina, US. Color

Palazzo Italia, Berlin, Germany. 4th Biennial of Fine Art Photography  

SE Center for Photography, South Carolina, US. Masks

PH21 Gallery, Budapest, Hungary. Stories

SE Center for Photography, South Carolina, US. Dreams and More

2005/15

Peter Miller Fine Art Photography Gallery, Providence, RI, US. 2nd Juried Photography Show

SE Center for Photography, South Carolina, US. The Narrative Portrait 2015

L A C D A, Los Angeles, US.“Electron Salon” 2015

MPLS Photo Center, Minneapolis, US. The Portrait 2015

Louvre Museum, Paris. See Me The Still Life Collection 2015

MPLS Photo Centre, Minneapolis, US. Still Life: The Inanimate Subject, 2015

Darkroom Gallery, Vermont, US.“Con(text)” 2015

L A C D A, Los Angeles, US.“Electron Salon” 2014

Darkroom Gallery, Vermont, US. Juxtapose” 2014

Photomonth London. Photo-open 2012

Galerie Huit Arles, France. Photography Salon Screen Installation 2012

Mall Galleries London. Renaissance Photography Prize 2012

Photomonth, London. Photo-open London 2011

Photomonth, London. Photo-open London 2010

FOTO8 London. Summershow 2010

Light House Gallery, Wolverhampton. Ripe 2008

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