The ghosts of Angela Deane
I recently stumbled upon the work of photographer and visual artist Angela Deane. In 2014 she exhibited her “Ghost Photographs” in L.A. and I am completely in love with these beautiful pictures which are an ongoing project of hers.
Her artist statement for the show:
“We are the ever-living ghosts of what once was.”
(Band of Horses)
My work explores the beautiful, painful, and ultimately puzzling, human condition of having memories. What are they?
Can we retain them as an experience? Are they individual or shared? Once gone, could your neighbor’s be your own? How important is happening versus happened?
Through this body of work, I engage with mostly found photographs. Already, these objects have a history unknown to me and speak of another’s memory, removed in both time and space. In these photographs, I cover the people with paint, subtracting the specific identity of each person and transforming them into anonymous ghosts for the viewer to project upon. In this way, a private and specific experience becomes an open and shared one through the material addition of paint on photograph. Through this haunting of the material, the ghosts become us and we become the ghosts.
We become the ghosts of our everyday.
- all photos from Angela’s webpage.