When You See Me Again It Won’t Be Me , Sarah R. Bloom

When You See Me Again It Won’t Be Me, Sarah R. Bloom

The Impermanence of Being -  Gallery 1
      Photography by DVAA member Sarah R. Bloom

Hosted @ DVAA - June 6th - 17th

Artist Reception: Sunday, June 10 from 2-5pm
(Opening night/”first look” is Wednesday June 6th from 6-8pm.) 

The focus of Bloom’s art for the past 12 years has been taking self-portraits in abandoned spaces. Broadly, the work is about aging as a woman in a society that emphasizes looks over substance, in a culture of double standards. In Bloom’s words, “more pointedly, these pieces explore my personal struggles with middle age, depression, and what I have come to call a “life unexpected.” There is a catharsis for me when I am skulking through an abandoned building, looking for the light and setting up my shots. I feel a kinship with these spaces and find it comforting to witness the earth reclaiming her space. The fact that we are here temporarily brings me peace more than it brings me anxiety.

A note from the artist: I pose nude for the purpose of illustrating a more universal vulnerability and the striving for self-acceptance. I describe my contention with aging as being akin to the stages of grief, but these stages are non-linear. There is a looking back with longing for things that never were, but there is a defiance too. I contain multitudes, as do we all.

Memory Etchings, Series: Maybe I - Gallery 2
      Artwork in mixed media by Catalina Lassen

Hosted @ DVAA - June 6th - 17th

Artist Reception: Wednesday, June 6th from 6-8pm

Maybe I is the first series in an ongoing project by Philadelphia based artist Catalina Lassen. An exploration of memory, Maybe I examines how time and our personal psychologies affect our past, present and future experiences of existence. Originating from old diary entries spanning over a decade of Catalina's life, Maybe I hopes to reveal more than just an embarrassing personal history. Purposely vague, and manipulated so that memory is mangled, these altered images aim to communicate to the viewer about the viewer, while also awakening us to a deeper sense of community. While the details of our stories differ, the overarching themes--our fear, our happiness--are global. If we can understand this, that everyone struggles the same, the hope is that our empathy as a society can blossom.