Behind the Scenes -Fourth Wall Project- by Brooke Shaden
This series was created from December 2015 until November 2016. It looks at what happens when we break the "fourth wall", which in filmmaking is a term that refers to the movie acknowledging that it is, in fact, a fiction. In this case, they break the wall between what they let others see and what they keep inside.
Prints available as limited editions on fine art paper. Sizes 42x42 inches, edition of 2, and 8x8 inches, edition of 3.
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How would you create if you were going to share your soul with your audience? I've often found myself too boring in the past to create from such a personal place. I realize now that our lives are intricate and powerful and if we get to know ourselves deeply, we can create from that place meaningfully. This image is a very personal one for me, and one of my favorites in the new series. Created by dipping small balloons in plaster and popping them once they dried to look like eggshells, I made this a self-portrait (wearing a bald cap, no less!) and even printed it twice to display at my exhibition. Link to blog all about this image in profile. On display at the JoAnne Artman Gallery in NYC.
I got to pour thick, sticky syrup all over my friend and the floor, and the best part was that there was no one there to yell at me! I love being a childlike adult and finding the same magic that I did as a kid in playing with goop and making a mess. In this case, the "goop" served as a thick substance that my character could be enveloped by yet coming out of. For me, it was about a girl coming out of the darkness - a rebirth - so that she could be born anew. What is the messiest thing you have done for art? Link to blog about this picture in profile!
The test of true friendship is covering someone in 50lbs of hot wax and telling them they can't move for 2 hours. Though it was a taxing process, it was incredible to watch the slow transformation of a normal bathtub and floor to suddenly looking like time had stopped and they were frozen under the weight of a thousand candles melting. I was really moved by this image in the series and it quickly became one of my favorites. To be stagnant, unmoving, unchanging, frozen - timeless. Something I rebel against. Uncensored version + story on my blog. Link in bio!
It started in a grocery store. Sometimes when I give lectures I ask the crowd what they most fear, and inevitably someone yells out "time passing!". It is something that a lot of people either know to fear, come to fear, or get over fearing. It is one of those natural, go-to responses. We all know our time is limited, but even more than saying we fear death, we say we fear death coming before we have used our time wisely enough. Time is the most slippery, hard-to-catch sand that drips through our fingers; we can't count every grain, so we hope that we make every grain count. I wanted a model with long, silvery-hair for this image and I found her in the most unlikely of places: my local, small town grocery store. I'd love to tell you the story, so I've written it on my blog. Link in profile. This image and my series "Fourth Wall" on display at and represented by the JoAnne Artman Gallery in New York City (Chelsea).
Last year I photographed a new series of images that I painstakingly didn't show anyone. They debuted in the JoAnne Artman Gallery in New York City earlier this month (hanging until Feb 18) and I can now share them, which I am so excited about since they were such a labor of love. I built a 7ftx7ft room with my own two hands. I mounted my camera to the ceiling for a birds eye view effect. I put so much meaning and layers into each image, really wanting to create something with more depth than my previous work. For this image, I spent 60+ hours gluing yarn line by line to the floor. My model sewed thread under her skin. It was a very physical process. You can read about this image, the first of 9 that I will release, on my blog. Link in profile!
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Text, image and video via Brooke Shaden