DROP IN ART
“I WOULD HAVE NEVER THOUGHT IN MY DAY THAT THERE WOULDN’T BE FISH IN THE OCEAN, AND WE’D HAVE TO MAKE THEM. TO ME, THAT’S SURREAL.”
This is the first series in which Irving used only one light source for his photos. “I didn’t want that many shadows on [the models’] faces,” he says. “I wanted them to look kind of like porcelain, like from the olden days when they used to make themselves white.” The one-off casings for these photographs are works of art unto themselves. Irving has crafted elegantly ominous skeletons, skulls and ravens within black frames whose archlike shapes serve as a reminder of the Catholic Church’s hardline stance on cardinal sins. Every picture in this series shows a different female representing Mother Nature. Between each subject’s hands is an item that represents the sin for which the piece is named. For example, in GULA (Gluttony), a stark-faced woman holds a fish skeleton with a bar code, symbolizing the genetic modification of fish and the
"Vanity was the eighth sin that was eliminated in 590 A.D. However, vanity surrounds us today; it may be the biggest sin of all. Our society has become focused on how we look, how we represent ourselves on social media, judgement of someone who looks what we consider to be 'wrong.' So look in the mirror. It is one of a kind, just like you. Look deep into your own eyes and embrace your differences, along with everyone else’s."
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