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Memories; altering and fading the past. Part i

lauren e simonutti Simonutti’s work creates an eerie effect and has shadows creeping into the image. Her work reflects on her state of mind at the time, ‘’ Madness strips things down to their core. It takes everything, and in exchange offers more madness, and the occasional ability to see things that are not there.’’ Simonutti’s mind allows her to see and believe in things that are not there but at the same time her work also shows distress and panic. The work has an unsettling feel to it. The colours and shades used are very limp and lifeless, giving off a cold feel. ‘’Sequestered in the house that I had made, a madhouse in its own right’’, This seems that she feels trapped inside her own home and that her home is the inside of her mind, not knowing what is real or what is not. Her chosen techniques show results different from a lot of modern photography, they produce vintage effect photography. ‘’Chemistry does not always react the same; water does not always run in the same direction. I have been known to spill things. Each print is different. ‘’ She does not try to perfect her work, it is the mistakes that make the photos, the natural mistakes that occur. The mistakes add an edge to the images.

Her photography contains a ‘mist’ effect that makes us wonder what is going through her mind and what reality is to her. Her work suggests being contained and being out of control. Towards the end of her life due to complication with her illness, she turned the camera onto herself and show us what isolation is like, being left with just your own thoughts. "Over (five) years I have spent alone amidst these 8 rooms, 7 mirrors, 6 clocks, 2 minds and 199 panes of glass. And this is what I saw here. ‘’

Matthew Brandt

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